NBA players have been running on their ‘Bigger Than Basketball’ slogan since the death of George Floyd.
They’ve put ‘Black Lives Matter’ murals on their courts, they’ve made countless commercials on Social Justice and allowed NBA players to wear Social Justice slogans.
As it appeared the NBA was becoming more and more involved in American policies and social issues, it wasn’t a surprise when the NBA players decided to boycott NBA games in the wake of police altercation with Jacob Blake where Blake was shot seven times in the back.
After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted, every single NBA team remaining decided to as well.
When Trump was asked about the boycotts, he responded in a blunt message:
“I know their ratings have been very bad because I think people are a little tired of the NBA.”
There is some truth to this statement. The NBA’s ratings dropped significantly during the restart, and it’s likely not a coincidence that they were also a lot more political during the restart.
Trump also called the NBA a ‘Political organization’ in the wake of their efforts to show their support for Black Lives Matter, and organization that receives some criticism on its own.