Sevyn Streeter Stopped From Singing National Anthem At 76ers Game for ‘We Matter’ Jersey

While football players have been protesting the National Anthem for months, the basketball season just started and it’s also getting a taste of the movement. But there’s a noticeable difference between the two sports. The NBA appears to be doing all it can to prevent the movement from spreading.

The latest evidence of the NBA not taking any chances with anyone adding a sense of politics to their platform came this past Wednesday.

Bucks President: ‘Milwaukee is the most segregated, racist place I’ve ever experienced’

Growing up in Chicago, I was told that the best word to describe its racial makeup was “hypersegregated.” You could sometimes ride a bus or drive down a major street and watch the racial make up of the neighborhoods change five times in 3o minutes.

As I got older, I was shocked to find out that Milwaukee, which is only an hour and a half away, suffers from even more blatant segregation. This is the same culture that many pointed to as a cause for the public uprising that occurred after police shot and killed Sylville Smith. 

WNBA Withdraws Player Fines After Realizing Their Mistake

The WNBA was at the center of a national controversy after players were fined for supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement. While the league has withdrawn those fines, it’ll continue to be looked at as a step towards the wrong side of history.

Players from multiple teams, in a league where a vast majority of the players are black, chose to take other athletes up on their challenge to show support for a cause they believe in. As a result, dozens of them were fined. 

NBA Pulls All-Star Weekend From Charlotte Due To ‘Bathroom Bill’

Recent reports that the NBA was considering moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, NC became a reality yesterday (July 22). The NBA released an official statement expressing why they made this decision and how it’s directly related to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which could legalize blatant discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

NBA Player Thabo Sefolosha Files $50 Million Lawsuit Against NYPD

A little over a year ago, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest by NYPD officers during an incident outside of a nightclub. Officers claimed that Sefolosha charged at them, which required them to arrest him, breaking his ankle and forcing him to miss the NBA playoffs after his right fibula was broken and ankle ligaments were torn, according to the New York Times.

After denying a plea deal, Sefolosha went to trial and was acquitted by a jury of all charges after just 45 minutes of deliberating. Now, the NBA player is filing a $50 million civil suit against the five NYPD officers who arrested him last April. 

Steph Curry joins other NBA stars in gun safety campaign

Some of our favorite sports stars are redirecting their passion on-the-court to major off-the-court issues.

Through a partnership between Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun safety advocacy group, and the NBA, basketball stars like Steph Curry, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony, are working on an ad-campaign to bring awareness to gun violence and the stories of gun violence survivors.

Isaiah Austin on Life After NBA Dreams and Living with Marfan Syndrome

To be Black and gifted is a dangerous combination that this society fears. The news would have you believe that people of color, especially young Black people, are dangerous menaces to society. Here at BYP, we want to change the narrative and shine light on young, Black individuals who are helping change our society for the better. In this new Black Youth Spotlight series, our first interview is with Isaiah Austin, Baylor student and spokesperson for the Marfan Foundation.