Sports: Looking At The Bigger Picture
The NBA plans to restart the season on July 31st at the Disney campus in Orlando, where 22 teams would enter a quarantined “bubble” before resuming play.
This weekend, however, several players—led by Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving—expressed concerns that playing basketball would distract from the more important Black Lives Matter agenda.
- As one “widely respected NBA player” told ESPN, “Once we start playing basketball again, the news will turn from systemic racism to who did what in the game last night.”
- Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers countered on Instagram that resuming play could allow players to collect salaries and financially power the BLM movement. And Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley tweeted something to the effect of, "If LeBron James says we'll play...we'll play."
Money on the line: NBA players would stand to lose $1.2 billion in salary this season, ESPN writes—and they’re already losing about $300 million.
In other sports: NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from its events and properties.
- "The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry," the organization said ahead of last night's race at Martinsville Speedway.
Bubba Wallace, the circuit's only full-time black driver (shown above), called on NASCAR to remove the Confederate flag this week, saying "it's time for change." He drove in a Chevy outfitted with a special #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme last night.