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Ottawa, Aug 27 (Canadian-Media): The unprecedented move of the refusal of The National Basketball Association (NBA) players to play in all three playoff games scheduled for Aug 26, to protest the police shooting of an African American man, Jacob Blake, in Wisconsin had caused bewilderment in the NBA league, media reports said.
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Blake had been shot in the back by police at close range on Aug 23, while he was reportedly trying to break up a fight between two women.
At least seven gunshots were heard by the eyewitnesses paralysing the man from the waist down.
The incident triggered a new wave of protests against police brutality and racial discrimination.
It's still unknown which games will be played on Aug 27. A decision on the status of the Toronto Raptors' playoff game Aug 27 against the Boston Celtics has not been made, according to a published report.
"Is this going to change the world? No, it's not. Is there a symbolic moment here where it contributes to the changing of the world? Absolutely," American sports author Howard Bryant said, CBC News reported.
"Because people pay attention to these guys. This is a $10 billion industry we're talking about. You'll hear people say things like, 'Well, I couldn't do that at my job.'
"They're not you. These people are incredibly, incredibly visible and have a lot of influence."
Meanwhile, the lead of the NBA was followed by the players in Major League Baseball and the WNBA who staged their own protest, also refusing to play.