UPDATED with Thursday’s games postponed: The WNBA said it is postponing its three scheduled Thursday games, bringing to six the number of games called off amid a player boycott over the shooting of Jacob Blake last weekend in Kenosha, WI.
The league said today that the Chicago Sky-Indiana Fever, Dallas Wings-New York Liberty and Las Vegas Aces-Seattle Storm games scheduled for tonight, like last night’s schedule, will be played at a later date.
PREVIOUSLY, August 26 PM: The WNBA has postponed its three games scheduled for tonight. The league’s move follows the postponed of today’s NBA playoff games in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting by police in Kenosha WI.
“The consensus is to not play in tonight’s slate of games and to kneel, lock arms and raise fists during the national anthem,” said Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream. Members of the Washington Mystics wore T-shirts with seven “bullet holes” in the back, representing the number of times Blake was shot Sunday night.
The boycotts have grown since this afternoon’s Game 5 of Milwaukee Bucks-Orlando Magic first-round playoff series initially was delayed and later postponed. The Magic players initially came out on the court to warm up, but the Bucks didn’t and the visiting team eventually left. The NBA announced soon afterward that all of its games scheduled for today and tonight have been postponed.
Like several other sports leagues, the WNBA is playing its games in a “bubble” amid restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic. Its 2020 season was set to start May 15 but was delayed by the outbreak. Play began on July 25.
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