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Reports: LA Clippers players vote to strike for remainder of NBA season

The Clippers and Lakers were the two teams who voted to strike; the other 11 reportedly voted to continue.

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In potentially bombshell news, reports emerged on Wednesday evening that LA Clippers players were among the two NBA teams that voted to go on strike for the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season.

The Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers were reportedly the two teams that voted against continuing play, after the players went on strike for Wednesday’s games, in news first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

That report was subsequently repeated by Yahoo and TNT’s Chris Haynes:

Players went on strike Wednesday in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin by a police officer Sunday. The Black man was shot seven times in the back, leading to considerable outcry locally and nationally. In the aftermath, two protesters have been killed by a 17-year-old white civilian, who was not arrested until Wednesday afternoon. Following a press conference by Kenosha’s leaders in which they aimed to avoid speaking directly on the shootings, the Milwaukee Bucks opted to go on strike Wednesday ahead of their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, before the remaining teams scheduled to play Wednesday also went on strike in response. Thursday’s games, including the Clippers’ game agains the Dallas Mavericks, will also not be played.

A leaguewide meeting between the 13 teams left in the NBA playoffs was held in the Orlando bubble Wednesday evening, which reportedly lasted several hours.

Coaches were present for some of the meeting, with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and assistant coach Armond Hill among those speaking to the people assembled.

Rivers reportedly urged players to continue to play to maintain their platform.

Although reportedly only the two Los Angeles teams voted to stop play for the season, Charania reports the two teams literally walked out together, and Udonis Haslem told the rest of the players the season could not proceed.

It’s worth noting an NBA Board of Governors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, amid uncertainty about the next step for the NBA.

While the situation remains very fluid, understandably, the Clippers have released a statement urging fans to reach out to Kenosha leaders to make changes, as well as a statement condemning the police shooting by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

We will continue to monitor this ongoing story and provide updates as we receive them.