Barack Obama has commended the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA for their stance on boycotting games.
The Wisconsin-based basketball team refused to play their play-off game against Orlando Magic, protesting police brutality amid the shooting of black man Jacob Blake that took place in the state town of Kenosha.
It saw the rest of the season be thrown into jeopardy as an NBA meeting saw the LA Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers vote against seeing out the campaign over the issue.
And the 44th President of the United States, who served from 2009 to 2017, supported the organisation and the first team to boycott games in a powerful message.
Writing on Twitter, Obama said: “I commend the players on the Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like Doc Rivers, and the NBA and WNBA or setting an example.
“It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.”
The Buck’s refusal to come out against Magic was followed by the Lakers against Portland Trail Blazers while Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thumder was also boycotted.
"We fully support our players and the decision they made," the Bucks said in a statement.
"Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them.
“The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us.
“Our players have done that and we will continue to stand alongside them and demand accountability and change."
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Lakers star LeBron James has also spoken out about the boycott, venting his frustrations.
He posted on Twitter: “F**KTHIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT!”
After Blake's shooting was captured on video and spread through social media, James opened up saying:“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!!
“Exactly another black man being targeted. This s*** is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE”
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