In a show of solidarity, a number of hip hop stars have taken to social media to send their support to NBA players amid their boycott.
Yesterday (Aug. 26), in the thick of playoff season, the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trailblazers, as well as WNBA team Atlanta Dream opted to call off their scheduled games out of protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, a 29-year-old man from Wisconsin, was reportedly shot in the back multiple times by a police officer in Kenosha, on Sunday (Aug. 23). His family has since disclosed that he was left paralyzed from the waist down by the incident.
In turn, the league announced in a statement via Twitter that the Wednesday games would be postponed and rescheduled.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community, who reacted on social media.
“Shout out to all those young gentlemen in the NBA,” he tweeted out. “Stand tall young men y’all have the power and salute to the grand move!!”
Lecrae also chimed in through the platform where he spoke out against people upset by the players’ decision, writing, “if you’re more upset about the athletes boycotting than you are about the death, division, and discrimination in our society...your priorities are wrong.”
Likewise, Ice Cube penned, “I applaud all the NBA players who decided that now is not the time for sport and play.”
Over on Instagram, Snoop Dogg reshared Lebron James’ emotionally-charged tweet demanding an end to the senseless violence and acts of police brutality against Black people. He followed that up by sharing an image of the Milwaukee Bucks’ logo in a second post with the raised fist emoji.
It does seem that the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers might not finish out the remainder of the NBA season. The Athletic journalist Shams Charania tweeted out that the league held a meeting later the evening to address the issue. While the Lakers and Clippers voted in favor of canceling the remainder of the season, the other NBA teams voted to resume games.
Reactions to events have continued to pour in from across social media. Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Plies, Bas, Zaytoven, and more from the hip-hop community are lending their voices in support of the NBA players amid their boycott. Check out their reactions below.
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