VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Protestors Block NBA Media Buses at Walt Disney World

Shannen Ace

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VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Protestors Block NBA Media Buses at Walt Disney World

Shannen Ace

Updated on:

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VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Protestors Block NBA Media Buses at Walt Disney World

Black Lives Matter protestors blocked multiple buses transporting NBA media personnel at Walt Disney World Saturday night after the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets game. The protestors were specifically speaking out against the killing of Salaythis Melvin by Orange County deputy James Montiel in August.

According to Yahoo Sports, the protestors were stopping traffic on Buena Vista Drive, asking members of the NBA to join the protest.

The largest sign reads, “We are here because Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy James Montiel shot & killed an innocent black man at the Florida Mall on August 7, 2020 #JUSTICEFORSALAYTHISMELVIN.” Other signs called for NBA players to stand with the protestors.

NBA players previously boycotted following the killing of Jacob Blake last month but playoffs later resumed. It’s possible the protestors thought one or more of the buses had NBA players on board.

The protestors allowed one bus to go through but later stopped another bus. Someone on the bus can be heard speaking to a protestor, saying, “This bus is full of NBA people, they support you, so if you let them go, they can go to bed.” The protestor responds, “How about they come out here?” The first speaker (possibly the driver) then insists they can’t leave the bus due to the NBA’s strict quarantine.

Protestors chanted “No justice, no peace.” In the video above, someone on the bus can be heard saying, “They definitely need cops out here” while someone else called the sheriff’s department.

Several NBA players were resistant for the season to restart earlier this summer and wanted to keep national attention on the Black Lives Matter protests. Eventually, the words “Black Lives Matter” were added to the courts at Walt Disney World, and players were allowed to wear approved social justice slogans. The league’s owners also made a $300 million donation to Black causes.

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