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Jared Kushner says National Basketball Association players took a night off work

Kushner urges NBA players to formulate 'concrete solutions' amid Jacob Blake strike Senior Advisor to Donald Trump Takes Swipe at NBA Boycott, Says He’ll Contact LeBron James
Bennie Garza | 28 August, 2020, 09:32

The police shooting of a Black man in the Wisconsin town of Kenosha has triggered days of violent unrest and riled US professional sports.

Milwaukee Bucks players refused to play against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night in protest over the shooting. During a meeting held later that day, Lakers and Celtics voted against resuming the season.

Thursday night's playoff games also were canceled, but reports said the players likely would return to play over the weekend.

A league wide boycott of "NBA Playoffs" ignited by the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night has been the simmering story in the sports world for the past 24 hours. On Thursday, Jared Kushner said that the players are lucky they are rich and can afford to do this. The NBA has even incorporated its support for the Black Lives Matter movement into player uniforms and advertising. The WNBA and Major League Baseball followed suit, postponing games Wednesday night. James and Trump have exchanged barbs through the media on multiple occasions. "It happens with action and needs to happen NOW!" Hopefully, James and Kushner will have a productive conversation on Thursday.

Kushner pointed to the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill President Trump signed into law in 2018, as evidence that the White House has taken tangible action on social justice issues.

Trump in 2018 questioned James' intelligence.

"This moment demands moral leadership".

Harris added: "It takes monumental courage to stand up for what you believe in".

Even so, he pointed out that he does not know much about that boycott: "I don't know much about the National Basketball Association protests". "I don't know that you are going to see the administration weigh in one way or the other". "In my mind, it's absurd, it's silly".

The NBA postponements marked a dramatic escalation in the league's calls for social justice, which have reverberated across USA sport since the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May. Blake has been paralyzed from the waist down but it's unclear if the condition is permanent. The 29-year-old remains hospitalized after he was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer on Sunday, sparking days of protests in Wisconsin.

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