Guillaume MARION, Media365: published on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:55 p.m.
Following the boycott in the NBA on Wednesday and the movement that followed in the United States, Donald Trump, the American president, intervened publicly on the subject, while the NHL will also cancel its games scheduled for Thursday.
Donald Trump did not take long to react. While since Wednesday, American sport is almost at a standstill, the president of the country has reacted to the movement which has gradually gained momentum. Indeed, it, linked to recent police violence in Wisconsin, began in the bubble of Walt Disney World Resort, when the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff meeting against the Orlando Magic. Behind, the NBA ended up canceling the three meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. It was then Major League Soccer, the football championship, which canceled its matches. Obviously, Trump’s reaction was expected and took place this Thursday.
« People are tired of the NBA »
“I don’t know much about the protest coming from the NBA. I know their ratings weren’t good because people are tired of the NBA, frankly. But I don’t know much about their movement. Their audiences were very bad and that is unfortunate. It has become a kind of political organization, and that is not a good thing. I do not think this is a good thing for the world of sport or for the country, « said the American president, visibly not at all concerned by the affair, linked to Jacob Blake, which caused a stir.
Boycott also in NHL
For its part, after the NBA, which should still resume in the coming days, and the MLS, hockey will also follow suit. Indeed, according to ESPN, the NHL games of the day, namely New York Islanders – Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks – Vegas Golden Knights, will be postponed to a later date. As anger roars in the United States, Trump appears to want to ignore recent events altogether. As a reminder, several sports figures, such as LeBron James, are calling for a change in the next elections, scheduled for November 3.