Celtics, Raptors Discussing Possible Game 1 Boycott to Protest Jacob Blake Shooting: Report

John Healy
August 26, 2020 - 1:32 pm

The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are seriously considering a boycott of Thursday’s Eastern Conference semifinal Game 1 matchup to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Players from both teams met at their hotel on Tuesday to discuss the possibilities about what they can do, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, as yet another police shooting of an unarmed Black man has grabbed national headlines.

The possibility of such a boycott was first raised by the Raptors on Tuesday, but the Celtics had not yet been a part of those discussions.

A dialogue has now been established with Boston, although, the majority of players still want to play on Thursday and will meet again on Wednesday to further discuss options, according to Spears.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said on Wednesday that he would fully support whatever the players decide to do.

The shooting of Blake, who is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down after officers shot him multiple times in front of his car with his three children present, has sparked outrage across the nation with NBA players among the most vocal.

Celtics teammates Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart spoke at length about the shooting on Tuesday demanding action. Los Angeles Clippers head coach and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers offered a passionate perspective of the shooting, as did Lakers star LeBron James.

George Hill of the Indiana Pacers suggested that the NBA should not have restarted amongst the social unrest in the country – a point Kyrie Irving had reportedly raised among players earlier this summer.

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