Lakers, Clippers vote to boycott remainder of NBA season

Sam Amico

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have voted to boycott the remainder of the NBA season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Per Charania, the rest of the teams taking part in the vote were in favor of continuing the playoffs.

Six teams boycotted their playoff games Wednesday, with the Milwaukee Bucks doing so first. Players from all teams inside the Orlando bubble held a meeting inside a ballroom on the Disney campus later in the evening to determine next steps.

Charania reported that Lakers star LeBron James left the meeting following the vote. The meeting, also attended by coaches and referees, concluded shortly before 11 p.m. EST, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

"Miami's Udonis Haslem spoke and essentially told everyone in room that -- without Lakers and Clippers, how will season continue?" Charania reported. "LeBron James walked out. Rest of Lakers and Clippers exited behind him."

James told the owners he wants them to be more involved and take action on social justice and racial issues, per Charania.

Along with players from the Bucks and Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers agreed to take part in the playoff boycott.

“We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable,” Bucks guard George Hill told reporters. “For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.”

Bucks players also called for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene and address “issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.”

Multiple team owners showed support for the boycotts, with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss saying on Twitter that she stood by the players "today and always."

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported that the defending Toronto Raptors may leave the Disney campus altogether. The Raptors are scheduled to face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 1 slated for Thursday.

"There have been discussions amongst several teams, notably Toronto, about going home," Mannix reported.

Also, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski quoted one veteran player as saying that the "season is in jeopardy."

The NBA Board of Governors have reportedly scheduled a special meeting for Thursday.

Comments (32)
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jgunnerks
jgunnerks

who cares, I will NOT be watching anyone who defends a rapist who was shot reaching for a knife in is car. What a "hero"

movoda940
movoda940

eat a dick jgunnerks

Gervin44
Gervin44

NBA players will start a new league soon. HalauYah.

MushroomLamp
MushroomLamp

This is not a boycott, employees refusing to work is a strike. The distinction is important.

desert person
desert person

I've been boycotting more and more pro sports since Kaepernick first started virtual signaling a few years ago......and I don't think I'll even notice if James takes his tiny brain and goes home.

robin_olds
robin_olds

It's funny, when Americans say "shut up and play ball", we are calumniated as racists. But when Xi Jianping says it, NBA players are obsequious and subservient. Kick rocks, NBA. All of you.

Blacklives00
Blacklives00

Shooting someone not 1 2 3 4 5 6 but 7 times was not cause for you DUMB ASS . When the cop could had use his taser . Are better yet , stop him from approaching the car PERIOD.

Ggunn
Ggunn

Yes I’ll miss so great ball action in the bubble. However people who have lost family members will never see them again. The he’ll with sports 🏀 right now!

Munda
Munda

His reaching for a knife is a lie only bootlicking racists say.

CWROARK
CWROARK

Just void all the players contracts if they don't get back on the court within 48 hours. See what the players think about that. LeBron James is a ''Thug'' I'd say it to him as well for his actions as a person, player.

NDHoosier
NDHoosier

Why not a statement from these "high profile" individuals - Obey police orders. Seems simple.

Gersalv
Gersalv

NBA just gained 10 new fans in my family who lost 3 members to the Trump virus

Huskers1266
Huskers1266

This is the best news I've read all day. Who the hell cares about the NBA anyway? Tearing down their own league. Lololololololol! Trump wins AGAIN!


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