In a new article for “The Atlantic” former ESPN host Jemele Hill argues that “Black players should leverage their talent to promote change at every possible opportunity.”
Posting her piece on Twitter, Hill posted the question “Why should a country that doesn’t value black lives get to be entertained by black athletes?”
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 27, 2020
Hill’s question garnered a variety of answers.
One Twitter user replied “Because by doing so they lose their platform”
Another replied “Hopefully the rapid decline of interests continues. Reality, fans are walking away from a game, life long passion they used to support. Get woke.”
Another wrote “They should totally cancel the season. Otherwise this is just a rain delay and no one will care. C’mon NBA, cancel the season!”
Since Hill’s article, the NBA has resumed play.
A small group of players including LeBron James, reportedly spoke to ex-President Obama who urged them to continue the season but leverage the opportunity to make change.