The Milwaukee Bucks have decided not to play basketball today. They are the favorite in the East, and this is the playoffs. They did not come on to the court in their game against the Orlando Magic. Thereafter, the other two games scheduled today were postponed.
This in response to a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Yes, the shooting of a black man.
A reminder of something I wrote about four weeks ago:
…the tale will be told in two sports: professional basketball and football – in the case of the latter, two leagues will matter: the National Football League, and the SEC for college.
If some combination of these three leagues stops or cancels the season, know that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet – neither in lockdown actions or riot actions. I say one or more of these leagues will not finish what it starts.
At least one month before election day.
There is talk in other leagues about taking some similar action.
Let’s see if the NBA resumes play in the coming days. Even if they do, I hold to my view: sometime before the election, one or more of these leagues will shut down. And then the fun really begins.
We are already seeing some pushback – both with armed men in defense of property and with democratic spokespeople (AKA CNN and the like) worried that the continued riots are only going to add to more support for Trump.
Tonight is going to be interesting.