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Minutes after the video game began, the video game then stopped.

Members of the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons took a knee following the opening tip of Wednesday’s video game. This demonstration accompanied two occasions that have actually divided this country.

It took place one day after Kenosha County District Lawyer Michael Graveley revealed that no charges would be filed against the authorities officer that shot Jacob Blake, a Black male who was left paralyzed. It happened a couple of hours after supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol to oppose his loss to Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the governmental election.

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After the Milwaukee Bucks won the dive ball, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tossed the ball out-of-bounds before players and team member from both teams took a knee. With Detroit then having possession, Pistons forward Blake Griffin captured the inbounds pass before taking a knee and tossing the ball out-of-bounds.

Shortly after Kenosha cops shot Blake this summer, the Bucks staged a walkout of their championship game against the Orlando Magic at the NBA’s quarantined site in Orlando. That led to conference calls with state authorities as well as the gamers union having internal conversations and with the NBA on how to guarantee more support for its social justice efforts.

Later on, 23 out of 30 NBA teams followed through on hosting its arenas or practice centers as voting websites prior to or on Election Day. Each team also established a social justice union consisted of gamers, coaches and owners in hopes to press legislators on police and criminal justice reform issues.

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