KEY POINTS

  • NBA teams kneel in protest against the Jacob Blake decision and attack on the Capitol building
  • Donal Trump supporters continue to protest US Presidential Election results
  • The Blake shooting verdict decried by the NBA community

America is a place that no one may want to be in right now. Not long after the verdict on the Jacob Blake shooting got out, matters just got worse when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. to contend the results of the United States Presidential election.

Rather than hold off games temporarily due to safety concerns, the NBA proceeded with its scheduled games. But clearly, players from several teams came in solidarity to decry the unfortunate events.

Nearly all players took a knee to protest and show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement when the American national anthem was played during the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat game.

Before tip-off, both teams came out with a joint statement saying that they were taking the floor with a heavy heart following the verdict passed on the unfortunate incident.

"We have decided to play tonight's game to try to bring joy into people's lives. But we must not forget the injustices in our society and we will continue to use our voices and our platform to highlight these issues and do everything we can to work for a more equal & just America," part of the statement read.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens also shared comments on the Capitol coup. He admits that it was an ugly scene but is now just hoping for the best.

“They’ve operated in a win-at-all-costs attitude,” Stevens said of Trump’s administration. “I don’t know, our sports world is a lot less important, obviously. But I’ve always thought if you operated with a win-at-all-costs attitude, it’s going to be a pretty unfulfilling ending. And in this situation, a disgraceful ending.”

A similar scene was made by the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. After the tip-off, players from both teams took a knee as Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled the ball out of bounds to stop the clock.

The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers did the same at the Chase Center. Stephen Curry and his comrades wore Black Lives Matter shirts during the pre-game warmups.

Golden State Warriors kneel for the National Anthem The Golden State Warriors kneel for the National Anthem before their game against the LA Clippers at Chase Center on January 06, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Getty Images | Ezra Shaw