Before the NBA resumes the playoffs Saturday, Today players in the league moving forward with meaningful change. Off the court both sides agreeing to establish a Social Justice Coalition, focusing on access to voting, civic engagement and police and criminal justice reform. Using the power of their platform to reach tens of millions, the league plans to convert their own facilities, including arenas like this one into voting locations for the upcoming election. We understand how strong our voice is, how powerful our voice is. And ultimately we decided if we go away from this stage, we don't necessarily have that same platform.
The agreement coming two days after players refused to take the court in protest after the shooting of Jacob Blake has demonstrated the power of sports. Soccer, hockey, tennis and baseball games were canceled. All the Marlins and Mets have come out of their dugouts. In New York, the Mets and Marlins took the field, only to pause and pay tribute before walking off in. The Mets and Marlins will not be playing baseball tonight. A black lives matter shirt left draped over home plate. And now tonight at center court the same message in a move bigger than basketball.
It provides the thrust that makes the craft move forward.
We should pay tribute to soldiers died in defence of our country.