National Basketball Players Association President Chris Paul reached out to Barack Obama, a person familiar with call , and asked the former President if he would offer his counsel to a group of NBA players.
It was Paul, who organized the discussion.
A spokeswomen for Obama, Katie Hill “As an avid basketball fan, President Obama speaks regularly with players and league officials. When asked, he was happy to provide advice on Wednesday to a small group of NBA players seeking to leverage their immense platforms for good after their brave and inspiring strike in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting.” She added, “They discussed establishing a social justice committee to ensure that the players and leagues actions this week led to sustained, meaningful engagement on criminal justice and police reform.”
The NBA began postponing games this week after the Milkwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their playoff game in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the team’s home state.
In a statement, the Bucks said they are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers he held accountable.
They also said, in a statement, “The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts jointly announced Friday that playoff games will resume on Saturday.
Charania, who cited unnamed sources in his reporting, said all other NBA teams had voted to continue playing. Following a Thursday player’s meeting on the isolated Disney campus in Orlando, NBA players decided to resume playing, according to multiple outlets.