Barack Obama approves of the NBA’s decision to boycott some of the postseason games.
In his caption, he praised the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers and the rest of the league for “setting an example,” noting change would only be made if all institutions take a stand.
“It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.”
In a statement addressing their refusal to play basketball, they explained, “The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings...Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”
“This moment demands moral leadership,” he wrote. “And these players answered by standing up, speaking out, and using their platform for good. Now is not the time for silence.”
Look below to see Obama and Biden’s tweets in support of the NBA boycotts.
I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values. pic.twitter.com/rUGETgAt7P— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 27, 2020