Jamaal Brown's series on Statutes and Monuments continues as we cross reference modern day activism and abolitionists of the past with today’s professional athletes who are currently boycotting America’s countless and senseless cop shootings of unarmed Black Men.
Chris Webber, Stephon Marbury, Paul Robeson, Kenny "The Jet" Smith, Satchel Paige, Randy Moss, Naomi Osaka, Muhammad Ali, Collin Kapernick, Craig Hodges, "Tommie Smith and John Carlos".
As reported by CNN:
The Milwaukee Bucks were a driving force behind the boycotting of NBA Playoff games on Wednesday following Blake's shooting in Wisconsin.Blake was shot in the back 7 times at point blank range in the presence of his young children. Milwaukee versus the Orlando Magic was the first game boycotted on Wednesday, and every other team followed in support of the movement.
The boycotting also reached other leagues as well. Various NFL teams canceled training camp on Thursday. The WNBA also opted to boycott games. The NHL decided to not play games on Thursday or Friday.
Jacob Blake, who remains hospitalized after sustaining multiple injuries, is now handcuffed to his bed, his family said.
Blake's uncle told CNN on Thursday that Blake's father visited the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin hospital where his son is recovering from at least one surgery. He was "heartbroken" to see that his son was handcuffed.
"This is an insult to injury," Justin Blake, the uncle of the victim, said. "He is paralyzed and can't walk and they have him cuffed to the bed. Why?"