For once, NBA players have the referees on their side.
NBA officials in the Orlando bubble organized a march around Disney's Coronado Springs Resort on Thursday in support of their players after the Milwaukee Bucks' boycott of their Wednesday playoff game against the Orlando Magic led to two other games being postponed.
The event began at 9 a.m. ET as the officials came together to "march against racism" following the shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisc., on Sunday.
Please stand with us at 9 ET this morning as we march against racism and grieve for the black lives taken too soon. Join us as we unite in the bubble, and around the world, to fight injustice and police brutality. #EverybodyvsRacism@NBA @TheNBPA— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) August 27, 2020
NBA referees are assembling to begin marching around the campus in support of the players who took a stand last night. "We're here because we feel like our group is a representation of America, or what America could be. ... This is not right vs left, this is right vs wrong." pic.twitter.com/2yU5FIeyDO— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) August 27, 2020
The NBA referees beginning their march against racism this morning at 9am in the bubble. pic.twitter.com/ZHgbZ6PEX5— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) August 27, 2020
This is a powerful display of support by the NBA's refs for their players, who met Wednesday to discuss how to proceed with the rest of the postseason and reportedly are meeting again Thursday morning.
Game 1 of the Boston Celtics' and Toronto Raptors' second-round playoff series is scheduled for Thursday night, but it's unclear whether that game will be postponed, as well.
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