Lou Williams suggests players will refuse to play if platform demands aren’t met
Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Lou Williams has warned that if the NBA doesn’t give its players the proper platform to speak out on racial injustices during the “bubble” games in Orlando, they won’t be playing at Walt Disney World.
The Clippers’ scoring guard stressed that he wants everyone in the NBA, not just the top players, to have the opportunity to speak during the “bubble” games. Williams also demanded to know what the commercials are going to be like during the timeouts.
More from Lou Williams – “We're fighting for everything. What are the the 3 min. timeout commercials look like? We’re saying, ‘If we're gonna go play, are you guys legitmately gonna give us the platform that we're asking for?’ And if the demands aren't met, we won't be playing.” pic.twitter.com/P8cboCKcso
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 20, 2020
Lou Williams makes a great point when he talks about the commercials. Usually during NBA timeouts, commercials are made up of all the sponsors and partners the league has.
With that said, the Clippers guard desires to see important commercials to be aired, such as those spreading more awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement.
The “bubble” games are scheduled to start on July 30. Williams and the Clippers have the second-best record in the Western Conference standings and already clinched a playoff spot.
Before the season was suspended in March, Williams was averaging 18.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the Clippers. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year was also shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 86.3 percent from the free-throw line.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the NBA plans to give players platforms to speak out on the racism that continues to plague America.