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NBA walkout sparks historic US sports boycott over police shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks staged an unprecedented boycott Wednesday, August 26 (Thursday, August 27, Philippine time) over the police shooting of a black man, forcing the NBA to halt its playoff schedule and prompting a wave of walkouts by teams and players across other sports.

The NBA postponed its entire slate of Wednesday fixtures after the Bucks refused to play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest at the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.

Blake was seriously injured after being shot point blank in the back 7 times by police officers in a confrontation captured in video footage.

"Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we've seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back 7 times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors," the Bucks players said in a statement explaining their boycott.

"Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball."

The Bucks' no-show prompted the NBA to scrap two other games scheduled for Wednesday: Houston's clash with Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers' matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Games scheduled for Thursday were also in doubt as NBA players held an emergency meeting in Florida late Wednesday. (READ: 'Bigger than basketball': NBA sends strong message with boycott)

The boycotts spread to other sports, with the Milwaukee Brewers' game against the Cincinnati Reds becoming one of several Major League Baseball games to be postponed.

In tennis, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka abruptly announced her withdrawal from the WTA Western and Southern Open semifinals, where she was due to play on Thursday.

The ATP and WTA eventually scrapped their games until Friday, noting that tennis is "collectively taking a stance against racial inequality and social injustice."

"As a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis," Osaka said.

The Women's NBA postponed its scheduled fixtures for Wednesday, while Major League Soccer also called off 5 of 6 games.

Dramatic escalation 

The NBA postponements marked a dramatic escalation in the league's calls for racial justice, which have reverberated across the sport in the months since the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James voiced solidarity with the decision in a tweet shortly after the Bucks boycott. 

"WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT," James wrote.

The NBA's players union also backed the protest. 

"The players have, once again, made it clear – they will not be silent on this issue," National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement.

A renewed wave of anger had swept the NBA after Sunday's shooting of Blake.

The 29-year-old was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, which contained his 3 children.

Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday. – Rappler.com