Less than 24 hours after NBA players staged a strike in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake and ongoing police brutality against Black people around the country, the league’s referees staged a demonstration of their own.
Please stand with us at 9 ET this morning as we march against racism and grieve for the black lives taken too soon. Join us as we unite in the bubble, and around the world, to fight injustice and police brutality. #EverybodyvsRacism@NBA @TheNBPA— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) August 27, 2020
After meeting on Wednesday night to discuss how they could support the players who walked out, NBA referees held a peaceful march around the NBA campus inside the Orlando bubble on Thursday morning to protest systemic racism and police brutality. They gathered at 9 a.m. at the Coronado Springs Resort, all wearing “Everybody vs. Racism” shirts.
NBA official Marc Davis spoke to those who had gathered, pointing out that the referees are a diverse group with people of different races and creeds.
“We’re here because we feel like we’re a representation of America, or what America could be,” Davis said, via the LA Times. “This isn’t about right versus left. This is about right versus wrong. It’s everybody versus racism.”
Then, the referees started their walk.
The NBA referees beginning their march against racism this morning at 9am in the bubble. pic.twitter.com/ZHgbZ6PEX5— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) August 27, 2020
A number of Disney World employees lined up to support and applaud them while they walked.
Disney employees are lined up clapping and cheering for the people marching in support of NBA players’ protests against racism and police brutality. The group includes not just referees but some team attendants and others living on campus. pic.twitter.com/VeUjdm4CQg— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) August 27, 2020
The entire walk was about 1.5 miles, and as it progressed the referees were joined by team attendants and NBA employees.
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