Raptors and Suns come in unison for the National Anthem ahead of the game tonight

Raptors and Suns

Just hours after a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S Capitol and just one day after the news came in that no charges would be imposed on the police officer who shot a black man, Jacob Blake, on August 23, The Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns held arms in a center-count circle for the national anthems ahead of Wednesday night’s game.

The shooting had prompted NBA players to shut down the play, for three days back then. The WNBA and Major League Baseball also had postponed it for days as Blake was left paralyzed after the incident as he was shot several times by the police officer. The scene which took place on Wednesday, where a mob delayed the Congress from certifying the results of November’s election in the United States, was discussed around the NBA before the game was alerted.

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Opinions from the team

“Man, I’m frustrated,” Powell said after the morning shoot-around. “It makes you feel like the work that you’re doing is not enough. The outcries from everybody around the world coming together over these issues and topics aren’t being heard. When the officers that are in charge of protecting us and keeping us safe aren’t held for the responsibilities of physical abuse or aggressive aggression when it’s not needed, it’s tough. Who keeps them in check when they cross the line? It’s disgusting that no charges are being brought. It’s very frustrating for me to see that.” he said.

Raptors and Suns and coach Nick Nurse
Raptors and Suns and coach Nick Nurse

Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol interrupted the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Biden will be inaugurated exactly two weeks from Wednesday, on Jan. 20. “I’m personally conflicted, and then I always really try to feel where I should fit in, in this picture of things,” said. Nurse the coach. ” Certainly, I talked to the leaders of our team. Always want to give them a platform and open line of communication and then try to evaluate from there what is going on. I support them either way and if they decide they’re gonna play, then I gotta decide I’m gonna coach ’em to the best of my ability.” said Nurse.

‘Celtic and Heat’ also discussed their options before tip-off, and there was some doubt whether the game would actually happen. The teams’ statement said, “2021 is a new year, but some things have not changed. We play tonight’s game with a heavy heart after yesterday’s decision in Kenosha, and knowing that people protesting for rights in our nation’s capital are being treated differently by political leaders depending on what side of certain issues they are on.”

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