Yesterday, the Detroit Lions decided to cancel practice and instead spend hours discussing the incident that took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin the other night. The Lions talked about police brutality, racism in America, and stood in unison outside of their facility in Allen ParK, demanding better from our Country.
Little did we know, this was the tip of the iceberg.
Last night, Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach, Doc Rivers, gave an emotional speech during his presser adding to the conversation of police brutality.
"It's amazing to me why we keep loving this Country, and this Country doesn't love us back."
Today, the NBA saw unprecedented action, with the Milwaukee Bucks choosing to boycott today's playoff game against the Orlando Magic. From there, the dominoes kept falling, leading to the NBA to postpone all of today's games.
This isn't going to just go away.
"KEEP POLITICS OUT OF SPORTS"
Well, as much as we'd all love to, we're past that point. Hell, we left that years ago when Colin Kaepernick brought up this issue by kneeling during the National Anthem. You know, that topic we manage to still talk about.
Because nothing has changed. Police brutality is clearly still an issue that plagues this Country. And while we're at it, I would argue that this isn't a political issue at all. It's a human rights issue.
Am I saying that the NBA won't resume until all police brutality is solved? Of course not, that's a pipe dream. I think what most players want in terms of instant gratification, is to be heard.
Instead of replying with "stick to sports" and "quit crying, you're a millionaire", understand that this is a problem. Understand that black parents have to have conversations with their children about dealing with police officers that most white people don't have to have.
I'm privileged to not have had that talk.
So instead of being combative in the conversation, try to be a part of the solution. Because until that happens, this Country won't heal. We'll stay divided. Practices will keep getting canceled. Games will be canceled. Seasons are in jeopardy.
Thats goes for the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball.
If we want sports to go back to normal, it's time we all do our part and listen.