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    Jacob Blake Shooting: NBA Postpones All Playoff Games in Protest

    The National Basketball Association postponed three playoff games and much of the sports world ground to a halt on Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott a playoff game in protest of the police shooting of 29 year-old African American Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

    The Bucks’ action quickly snowballed into the most widespread show of dissent yet by athletes aiming to leverage their stardom into social change. It led to cancellations of some games in Major League Baseball, the Women’s National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer. A top women’s tennis star, Naomi Osaka, pulled out of a tune-up for next week’s U.S. Open.

    After the Bucks announced their boycott, the Milwaukee Brewers also followed suit, by shelving their scheduled game against the Cincinnati Reds.

    For instance, the Brewers and Cincinnati Reds opted not to play their game in Milwaukee.

    “In light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – Bucks vs. Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers – have been postponed,” the NBA said in a statement.

    “Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.”

    The Magic, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven, first-round series, left the court when it was clear the Bucks were not going to play.

    Beyonce’s song “Freedom” rang out in the empty arena in Orlando as the clock counting down to the start of the game ran out.
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