Barack Obama 'Commends' NBA Boycott in Response to Jacob Blake Shooting

August 27, 2020
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Former President Barack Obama said he "commends" the NBA players who participated in Wednesday's "boycott" and said they're setting a great example for the rest of the country.

"I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example," Obama wrote on Twitter. "It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values."

The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to refuse to play Wednesday's NBA Playoff game against the Orlando Magic in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Other teams followed suit, saying they wanted to send a message to the rest of the country.

As a result, the league postponed all Game 5 NBA Playoff games scheduled for Wednesday.

Shortly after, WNBA players decided to show solidarity and also refused to play.

President Donald Trump has previously bashed NBA owners and players such as LeBron James for speaking out against racial injustices and incidents of police violence, threatening to boycott the league if players continued kneeling for the national anthem.

Trump has yet to comment on the most recent NBA boycotts.

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