Donald Trump reacts to NBA player strike: ‘I know their ratings have been very bad’
President Donald Trump admits he doesn’t know too much about what is going on in the NBA in terms of the league boycotting games on Wednesday.
Trump, who doesn’t have a good relationship with the NBA like former President Barack Obama does, claims he doesn’t like how the league has become a “political organization” of late:
Asked for his thoughts on NBA players going on strike following yet another police shooting of a black man, Trump says, "I don't know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad." pic.twitter.com/p0OYa1dFrO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 27, 2020
The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting, leading to a full-blown player strike and multiple game postponements. Blake was shot seven times in the back by Wisconsin police. He’s now paralyzed from the waist down.
Donald Trump has beef with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, two of the biggest names in the NBA. With that said, the odds of Trump ever saying anything positive about the NBA moving forward is highly doubtful, especially after the players kneeled during the national anthem.
The 2020 playoffs are set to resume after players voted to restart games. While there will be no games on Thursday either, the playoffs are expected to resume on either Friday or Saturday, with Saturday currently being reported as the more likely option. Donald Trump will continue not to watch the NBA, but the league will likely find a way to honor Blake, similar to how the WNBA did.
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