Last night, the NBA, WNBA, and several MLB and MLS teams chose to strike and not play their scheduled games—postseason games, in the NBA’s case—in protest of continued inaction on racism and police violence towards Black people.
Ariel Atkins with a powerful message on why WNBA players decided not to play tonight. pic.twitter.com/CGs0eXmTI5— espnW (@espnW) August 26, 2020
Every word Chris Webber says here should be listened to. pic.twitter.com/L2mKUqEHL1— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 26, 2020
NBA Players leading! ✊ WE STAND WITH YOU AND DEMAND CHANGE! @TheOfficialHDA— Matt Dumba (@matt_dumba) August 26, 2020
"NHL, we're always last to the party especially on these topics"— Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) August 27, 2020
Founding member of @TheOfficialHDA Matt Dumba joined #TheProgram @AndrewWalker650 @SatiarShah to share his thoughts on the protests in sports today.
Full Interview here: https://t.co/NLKBAnXERb pic.twitter.com/EKSP1ZADms
"It's not just my responsibility as a minority player in the NHL to be talking about these issues... We need to be better."@evanderkane_9 joined @DavidAmber to discuss how the NHL can do more to support the Black Lives Matter movement. pic.twitter.com/wKFqxS0hav— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 26, 2020
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"IT WAS ALL A DREAM" It's becoming a bit tiring hearing from from people who haven't experienced our plight in life comment on how we should express it. Most people in this hockey world do not know the feeling of going to bed hungry at night. They do not understand the hopelessness of living in government housing and seedy motels amongst drug attics and prostitution. Many do not know the pressure of being 11 years old and burdened with having to make it to the NHL to financially support your family. The Stewart family beat the system. We were taught that we have to work twice as hard for half the opportunity of others and that is wrong. We should have been treated as equals and granted the same opportunities as others despite are socioeconomic status and colour of our skin. We're at odds as we do not not know what to tell our children as they have a much easier life despite being visible minorities. We do not want to have to teach them the same lessons we were taught as we hope the world IS and WILL be different, and the system isnt designed against them to become successful in their lives. We dont want your pity, your hashtags, your courtesy tweets. We want the system to make hockey more accessible and affordable so people that look like us have the opportunity to change their lives through this great game. The real tragedy is that the way the current hockey system is constructed, families that aren't affluent have very little opportunity to excel in the game. Families cannot afford 10's of thousands of dollars a year to supplement training , pay for equipment and registration costs. I estimate it costs anywhere from $100,000 -$200,000 to financially support a minor Hockey player. That's the travesty as it directly impacts a certain class of people and demographic. That must change!!!! That is the change we strive for.