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"Some Things Have Not Changed" - NBA Protests

In the wake of charges not being filed against police in the Jacob Blake and today's tempest at the United States capitol, NBA teams to no surprise took the opportunity to make a stand and take a knee. In Boston, the Celtics and Miami Heat walked off the floor during warmups in a show of solidarity, the teams released a statement shortly thereafter... "We have decided to play tonight's game to try to bring joy into people's lives. But we not must forget the injustices of our society, and we will continue to use our voices and our platform to highlight these issues and do everything we can to work for a more equal and just America." The teams then returned and knelt for the National Anthem, and the game played is currently being played as scheduled. In Milwaukee, the Bucks won an uncontested opening tip and they and the Detroit Pistons took a knee until the officiating crew blew the whistle. The scene was repeated for the Pistons first possession and then the game went into usual competition. Last night Wesley Matthews, a Wisconsin resident now with the Los Angeles Lakers, spoke out against the Kenosha prosecutors decision. "It's upsetting as a Wisconsinite," Matthews said. "It's upsetting as a human being that justice isn't justice." Following the Golden State Warriors game, coach Steve Kerr, who comments on politics more than his team, called out Trump loyalists Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley. "I wish they could do pregame media," Kerr said. "It would be great for them to answer the question 'are you happy now'" Expect similar gestures at NBA venues throughout the week, and perhaps also in the NFL.


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