Boston Celtics: Current and former C’s thoughts on NBA walk-out

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Current and former members of the Boston Celtics are adding to the conversation about the NBA boycotts and overall treatment of black people in this nation.

No sports league in the world empowers players to have a voice in social justice matters quite like the NBA. Several current former Boston Celtics have used their platform to speak out against what is happening right now in the country, pushing for change and standing in solidarity:

Today’s playoff game between the C’s and Toronto Raptors has not been postponed yet as of this time, but with yesterday’s slate of games being canceled because of the players voluntarily walking out…it’s only a matter of time before today’s schedule undergoes upheaval as well.

The central issue that has the NBA’s player pool wondering whether they have gone to the Lake Buena Vista bubble in Walt Disney World in vain–and has some even contemplating leaving the bubble altogether right now–is the continued shootings of unarmed black Americans by the police.

Before the league went through with their bubble plan, players showed hesitancy in an NBPA hosted Zoom call about whether or not now was a good time to play basketball while there is so much social unrest throughout the country. Initially protesting the murders of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and George Floyd at the hands of the police, players are now at their wits’ end over the recent shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kinosha, Wisconsin cop.

Whether or not the season continues, it is clear that the players–past and present–will stand together in unison whatever the decision is.

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