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Shocking decision on Jacob Blake draws huge reactions from NBA players, coaches

NBA, LeBron James

It’s another sad day for the US justice system. In a surprising turn of events, which also shocked the NBA, the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August will not be facing criminal charges. Rusten Sheskey, who shot Blake seven times, has been cleared of criminal charges after a local country district decision was released on Tuesday.

As expected, the ruling has sparked outrage on social media. Members of the NBA community were outright appalled and saddened by the news.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers was one of the first few superstars to speak out on the injustice.

His teammate Wesley Matthews also shared his disappointment, saying it’s truly disheartening.

Several coaches also aired their grievances about the decision.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who initiated a boycott in the NBA Bubble following Blake’s shooting, also issued a statement regarding police brutality.

The Marquette Golden Eagles, meanwhile, plan to join the outcry by peacefully protesting with their black uniforms.

Blake survived the police shooting but was left paralyzed from the waist down. He spent six weeks in the hospital before being cleared to rehabilitate and recover as an outpatient. Blake has now moved to Illinois as he slowly recovers from the near-fatal shooting.

The incident, which was captured on video, happened as Blake was reaching into his vehicle after an initial scuffle with police officers at the scene. The police officers were responding to a 911 domestic violence call that involved Blake and his partner. Blake was then shot seven times by Sheskey after he perceived Blake to be reaching for a weapon. Blake’s three sons were inside the vehicle when Sheskey opened fire.