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- After Wednesday’s postponements, the players met again Thursday morning and agreed to resume the season this weekend
- Several leaders on the Lakers roster, along with some players from other teams, reportedly stayed up into the early morning hours to hash out their issues inside the bubble
- No games were played on Thursday
- Our NBA columnist Bill Reiter on the “uncomfortable sacrifice” made by players: “What the players did in the NBA bubble the past 24 hours was brave, and difficult, and worth celebrating. We all, to varying degrees, wrestle with the things the players did: Our safety, our loved ones, our fears, our hopes, our money, our aspirations, our ambitions, and the degrees of right and wrong and how we will or won’t factor them in.
What most of us don’t have to do, ever, is wrestle with these things in real time, in a bubble, under the glare of the world watching, where a good chunk of people — see my Twitter timeline, see yours — are so overtly racist that whatever they do, they know vitriol will follow.”
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- After the NHL was the only major sports league to play all scheduled games on Wednesday, players met yesterday and pushed to postpone games until Saturday
- Several players reached out to members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance yesterday for advice on how to proceed
- League statement: “Black and Brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centered on diversity, inclusion and social justice. We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognize this moment”
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- After five MLS games were postponed on Wednesday, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen was critical of the players’ decision not to play and threatened to cut “40 to 50 jobs again” as a result of the protests
- Hansen: “They clearly supported national issues, but it’s very apparent that they didn’t support our local community…there’s a profound disappointment that the spirit that is Real was abandoned last night. … Obviously, the importance of bringing community together during COVID was not respected”
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