Former NBA player Stephen Jackson called out the NBA for choosing to continue the 2019-2020 season. Holding white owners responsible.
The former NBA player took to Instagram on Saturday to share his disapproval of the 2019-2020 NBA regular season continuing in Orlando in July, saying other more important things are going on in the world to focus on besides basketball.
Jackson via Instagram:
“I love the NBA man, that’s my family. But now ain’t the time to be playing basketball y’all. Now ain’t the time. Playing basketball is gonna do one thing, take all the attention off the task at hand right now and what we fighting for.”
“Everybody gonna be worried about the playoffs, they gonna have that blasting all over the TV, and nobodies gonna be talking about getting justice for all these senseless murders by these police and nobody’s gonna be focused on the task at hand. None of these white owners have spoken up, none of ’em are taking a stand. Yeah, they might post a video when the season start of saying what we should do, but they ain’t doing nothing.”
Jackson makes it clear that the movement for Black rights is way bigger than the game of basketball and bigger than just one person. He ends with a quote from Lou Williams posting on his Instagram:
Stephen Jackson is not the only one that feels this way, current NBA player Kyrie Irving has also shared his thoughts about the basketball season restarting while in the middle of worldwide protests.
It was reported that during a players-only call on this past Friday night that Kyrie does not support the NBA season continuing in Orlando, and said that he is willing to “give up everything” for social reform.
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