On LGHL’s podcast Play Like a Girl, Tia and Meredith talk everything from Ohio State football to all the happenings in the sports world today.
What began as the Milwaukee Bucks’ player-led decision to boycott their playoff game following the police shooting of Jacob Blake became a chain reaction across the American sports scene by Wednesday night— unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
Within hours, the NBA announced it would postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series — Bucks vs. Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers— three WNBA, five MLS and three MLB games were called off as athletes stood in protest with the Bucks.
One of the most powerful protests of the evening however came from the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, who after boycotting their game against the Atlanta Dream Wednesday night took the court for a photo op. Each player wore a T-shirt with a letter in Blake’s name on the front and seven holes on the back, representing the number of times Blake, a 29-year-old father of six, was shot by a police officer. The WNBA then put a pause on their season until Friday.
This photo is epic. Have you EVER seen an entire professional sports league this unified? All together? It’s HISTORIC and inspiring. @WNBA pic.twitter.com/usY32ZHEtq— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) August 27, 2020
In this week’s episode, we unpack the events that transpired on Wednesday and the ways the NBA and the WNBA are demanding the world’s attention. Enough is enough. Black Lives Matter.
Change doesn’t happen with just talk!! It happens with action and needs to happen NOW! For my @IPROMISESchool kids, kids and communities across the country, it’s on US to make a difference. Together. That's why your vote is @morethanavote ✊ #BlackLivesMatter— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 27, 2020
BREAKING: The NBA just announced that all basketball arenas will he turned into 2020 voting locations.— Andy Slavitt @ (@ASlavitt) August 28, 2020
Ample space for large amounts of people to vote safely.
To end the show, we throw in a shoutout for National Dog Day (as that was going to be the original topic of the episode before more serious, pressing news transpired). As promised, here are photos of our dogs:
Meredith’s pup, Ruthie
Tia’s pups Bella and Buddy:
Dog photos in the comments are welcome.
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