Americans sick of all the politics in sports just got some bad news.
Leagues are readying for days of missed games.
Now ESPN is warning sports may be canceled over this political protest.
Closing arguments in the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin – who stands accused of murdering George Floyd – wrapped up on Monday and Chauvin’s fate is now in the hands of the jury.
Cities across America are preparing for widespread Black Lives Matter terrorist attacks and riots.
The NBA is among the institutions around America that are preparing for the potential insurrection.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA warned teams to prepare for as many as two days of missed games as civil unrest and riots engulf America’s major cities.
The NBA has instructed teams to be vigilant about the impact of a potential verdict this week in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, including the possibility of game postponements, sources told ESPN.
The looming specter of possible protests, civil unrest and team reactions in the aftermath of a verdict has the league office preparing for the prospect that a night or two of league games could be postponed this week, sources said.
This would not be the first time the NBA went on strike over a political protest.
Last summer, the league canceled two games after police officers shot accused rapist and child kidnapper Jacob Blake after Blake was wielding a knife at the home of the woman who accused Blake of sexually assaulting him.
The NBA players expressing their hatred for police and defending an armed, accused rapist is one reason why ratings fell 45 percent in 2020 and last year’s Finals were the least watched championship series in league history.
But the NBA does not appear to have learned its lesson and is doubling down on Black Lives Matter and anti-police messaging.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.