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President Donald Trump criticized the "highly political" National Basketball Association and mocked the NBA's low television ratings in a tweet on Tuesday.

Trump said the ratings are low because sports fans are tired of millionaire athletes mixing politics with sports.

"People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won't be coming back. I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!"

NBA players boycotted 2 games to protest the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

But their anti-racism protests have rubbed sports fans the wrong way. According to The Athletic, network television ratings for the playoffs plunged 45% and 20% on ESPN.

Trump tweeted that he was heading to Kenosha Tuesday morning, where he plans to meet with Jacob Blake's family members, according to the White House.

Blake, 29, was shot 7 times in the back by a Kenosha police officer, and is paralyzed from the waist down.

Twitter suspended the account of a woman who said she was the aunt of Blake's girlfriend.

"Soph" tweeted: "Jacob raped my niece. The cops were called because he came back to her house, took her keys, and he's not supposed to be there."

When a Twitter user noted Blake should not have been shot in the back 7 times, Soph responded, "Should have been 50 times for what he did to my niece. but hopefully he survives so we can put him in jail."

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Liberals claimed her tweets were fake. But she later confirmed she wrote the tweets.

Twitter users dragged Trump for his divisive tweets during ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in Democratic cities around the country.

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Kim Kardashian continues her criminal justice advocacy by demanding "sensible moderate" police reform in the United States.

While the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's estranged husband Kanye West is running for President from his ranch in Wyoming, the reality star, who is raising two sons on her own in Calabasas, is urging her followers to vote yes for police reform on California Senate Bill 731.

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The 39-year-old tweeted: "Right now it's ok if a police officer in California breaks the law while on the job. They cannot be sued for breaking the law. Please vote YES on #SB731 for sensible moderate police reform."

She added. "This will just make police officers accountable if they break the law. Please we are calling for your leadership, @AssemblyDems and @Rendon63rd. #YesOnSB731."

The tweet comes days after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, four times in the back as he leaned into his SUV. He is paralyzed from the waist down and may never walk again.

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Kim recently reached a critical point in her marriage to Kanye, after he revealed sensitive private details of their marriage at a campaign rally last month in South Carolina. Kanye told attendees the couple had planned to abort eldest child North West while also ranting about legendary civil rights figure Harriet Tubman.

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Kanye's campaign has been plagued with setbacks as he failed to get on the ballot in a majority of states, including his adoptive home of Wyoming as well as his native Illinois, and the key swing state of Wisconsin. He also missed filing deadlines or was rejected in states including California, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The "Gold Digger" rapper is suing Ohio's elections chief after he was denied a spot on the state's ballot.

Kim has asked for sympathy for his worrisome behavior, which she attributes to his battle with bipolar disorder.

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The father of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot 7 times in the back by a Wisconsin cop, said his son was handcuffed to a hospital bed when he went to visit him on Wednesday.

Jacob Blake, Sr. said he was "heartbroken" to see his son laying there handcuffed to the bed.

"I hate it that he was laying in that bed with the handcuff onto the bed," said the elder Blake, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "He can't go anywhere. Why do you have him cuffed to the bed?"

Blake is paralyzed from the waist down, his father said. He is in police custody in the hospital where he is recovering from surgery earlier this week.

A spokesperson with the Froedtert Hospital, where Blake is recovering, deferred a reporter's questions to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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Blake, 29, was shot multiple times in the back and arm on Sunday, when Kenosha police officers attempted to detain him on an outstanding warrant for domestic assault and a sex crime.

Officers were called to the scene by Blake's girlfriend, who said he wasn't supposed to be there, according to the state Justice Dpartment.

Officers used a Taser on him, the state agency said in a news release Thursday, who added Blake was shot when he opened his driver-side door and leaned inside the vehicle.

Police recovered a knife from the driver-side floorboard of his SUV after the shooting. The state agency said Blake admitted having a knife in his possession.

The Kenosha officer who shot Blake was identified as Rusten Sheskey, who has been with the department for seven years.

Sheskey and another officer have been placed on paid administrative leave, authorities said.

Blake, Sr. said Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, reached out to the family.

When a reporter asked Evers if he was concerned about Blake's restraints, he responded, "Hell, yes! I would have no personal understanding why that would be necessary. I can't imagine why that's happening and I would hope that we would be able to find a better way to have him get better and recover."

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang tweeted Thursday that he spoke with Blake Sr. about his son.

"His first question after he woke up was, "Daddy, why did they shoot me so many times?" Yang tweeted. "He wept to his father. He has restraints on even though he can't move his legs."

"His father actually used the words 'chains.' He said my son is chained up," Yang told CNN's Erin Burnett.

Yang tweeted: "When asked what message I could share on his family's behalf, #JacobBlake Sr. said to me, 'Tell them my son is a human being.'"

The shooting sparked 3 nights of violent protests in Kenosha, where 2 people were killed and another wounded after video footage shows they attacked 17-year-old Illinois resident Kyle Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.

Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.

Wisconsin is an open carry state, but Rittenhouse is a year under the legal age limit to open carry a firearm.

An Antioch, Illinois judge ordered Rittenhouse held without bail at a juvenile detention facility pending a hearing on Friday to determine whether he will be extradited to Kenosha County.

Famed Atlanta attorney Lin Wood offered to represent Rittenhouse for free after GoFundMe deleted a page launched by his father to pay his legal expenses.

Authorities say Wednesday night was peaceful in Kenosha, where a 7 p.m. curfew is in effect.

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Herschel Walker's son Christian Walker said the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin was another incident of a "crazy violent criminal" getting shot by police.

Blake, who is Black, was shot by a white police officer who was attempting to arrest Blake on an outstanding warrant for domestic assault and sex crimes against two minor girls.

Blake, 29, survived his injuries but he was paralyzed from the waist down and he will wear a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, Christian said the shooting was another incident of a criminal refusing to follow directions from police officers and getting consequences for it.

"Jacob Blake, oh yeah he was a felon sexual assaulter, he was a domestic abuser and had given cops trouble in the past. There was a warrant out for his arrest," Christian said.
 

Christian made the statement after his famous NFL legend dad spoke at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

Christian urged police to "show us the body cam" video to prevent Black Lives Matter protesters from "pulling another George Floyd with us".

Floyd is a Black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

In related news, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher slammed NBA players for boycotting their playoff games to protest Blake's shooting.

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Urlacher compared the NBA's protest to the time former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre played the day his dad died.

"Brett Favre played the MNF game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity," he wrote on his Instagram Story. "NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police."

Wisconsin State Attorney General Josh Kaul told reporters this week that Blake admitted he had a knife on him when officers arrived to serve a warrant for his arrest on sex crime charges involving two teenage girls.

Police found a knife on the floorboard of his SUV after the shooting.

"In the vehicle he did not have a weapon," said criminal attorney Patrick Salvi Jr. on Wednesday. "I can't speak directly to what he owned, but what I can say is his three children were in the car and that was in the front of his mind. That is the most important thing to him in his life: his family and his children."

A GoFundMe page raised $2 million for Blake's medical expenses.

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WNBA players protested on Wednesday by wearing custom made T-shirts with 7 faux bullet holes on the back, representing the number of times Jacob Blake was shot on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Blake, who is Black, was shot by a white police officer who was attempting to arrest Blake on an outstanding warrant for domestic assault and sex crimes against two minor girls. Blake, 29, survived his injuries but he was paralyzed from the waist down and he will wear a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

The Washington Mystics lined up at center court on Wednesday in Palmetto, Florida to display their white T-shirts with a letter of Blake's name on the front to spell out "Jacob Blake." They embraced one another before kneeling to reveal the back of their shirts.

The Mystics boycotted their game against the Atlanta Dream Wednesday night before taking to the court to protest.

"We wanted everybody to feel like they were supported," said Ariel Atkins, a guard for the Washington Mystics. "Understanding that this just isn't about basketball. We aren't just basketball players and just because we are basketball players, that's our only platform. We need to understand that when most of us go home, most of us are Black."

The WNBA announced the remaining two games on the schedule were postponed following the news that the NBA boycotted their games on Wednesday and Thursday. The NBA playoff schedule is expected to resume on Friday night at the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida.

The boycotts -- for a man who was wanted for molesting two teenage girls -- rubbed NBA fans the wrong way. Fans say they are boycotting the playoffs, even though TV ratings for the playoffs were already low.

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are so emotionally drained over the shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin that they voted to boycott the remainder of the NBA playoffs.

According to reports, the Lakers and Clippers were the only teams to take such drastic action after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the other teams voted to continue the playoffs. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted, "The Clippers and Lakers voting on perhaps not continuing with the season was considered more of a polling, than a final vote, sources tell ESPN. The resumption of the playoffs remains still up in the air."

NBA insider David Aldridge tweeted, "Told the players’ meeting ended "ugly," per a source, with uncertainty about what will happen tomorrow. The union will be present at the special Board of Governors meeting, per a source." It appears that the games slated for Thursday will be postponed as well. "Discussions on continuing season will extend into tomorrow, sources tell ESPN, but appears unlikely the three playoff games on Thursday will be played. "Everyone is still too emotional," one high-ranking source tells ESPN. "There needs to be more time to come together on this," tweeted Woj.

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Jacob Blake's mother Julia Jackson stunned CNN anchor Don Lemon when she apologized to President Donald Trump live on his program Wednesday night.

Lemon is a very vocal Trump critic who frequently uses his platform to attack Trump's policies.

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Blake, 29, was shot 7 times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer on Sunday. He is paralyzed from the waist down and suffered extensive internal injuries.

"He had a bullet go through some or all of his spinal cord," attorney Patrick Salvi said. "He has holes in his stomach, he had to have nearly his entire colon, small intestines removed, damage to kidney and liver, and was shot in the arm."

Salvi said Blake will undergo more surgeries and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. The family plans to file a civil suit against the city and the police department.

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Jackson, accompanied by attorney Benjamin Crump, appeared on Lemon's CNN program via Skype on Wednesday night. She denounced the violent protests and looting in her city.

But she stunned Lemon when she apologized to Trump for missing his phone call. Jackson also apologized for the behavior of a family member who criticized Trump.

"My family and I are very hurt. And quite frankly disgusted," she told Lemon. "And as his mother, please don't burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son's name. You shouldn't do it, people shouldn't do it anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father's child - our tragedy - to react in that manner, it's just not acceptable," she said.

She said the ongoing violence was not helping her son or anyone else who has suffered from alleged police brutality.

When asked by Lemon whether she had a message for any politicians, including Trump, Jackson apologized to "our President Trump" on behalf of a family member who had said something that was "not kind."

"She is hurting, and I do apologize for that," Jackson said, adding, "That does not reflect our behavior."

She continued, "for President Trump, I'm sorry I missed your call because had I not missed your call, maybe the comments that you made would have been different, and I'm not mad at you at all. I have the most respect for you as the leader of our country."

Recent polls show 37% of Black Americans approve of President Trump. Only 8% of Black voters approved of Trump in 2016.
 

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A 17-year-old was arrested and charged in the fatal shootings of two Black Lives Matter protesters during violent Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday night.

Kyle Rittenhouse, who is a Caucasian Blue Lives Matter activist, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Antioch, Illinois, and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Rittenhouse was initially labeled a "fugitive from justice" because he "fled the state of Wisconsin with intent to avoid prosecution".

The teenager is being held without bond while awaiting extradition to Wisconsin. Antioch police Cmdr. Norman Johnson said Rittenhouse was charged as an adult.

Famed Atlanta attorney Lin Wood, who recently settled a defamation lawsuit against CNN for teenager Nicholas Sandmann, offered to represent Rittenhouse for free after GoFundMe deleted an account created by the teen's father for legal expenses.

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In the above photo, Rittenhouse opens fire with his AR-15 rifle at Black Lives Matter protester Gaige Paul Grosskreutz, who was armed with a pistol. Grosskreutz was wounded in the arm. Anthony Huber, 26, (pictured foreground) was shot in the chest after hitting Rittenhouse in the head with a skateboard. He was later pronounced dead.

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A man ties a tourniquet above a gunshot wound sustained by Grosskreutz, who allegedly pointed a pistol at Rittenhouse before he was shot. News outlets described the handgun as a "cellphone".

A 36-year-old white male Kenosha resident, later identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, was fatally shot in the head during an earlier confrontation with Rittenhouse. Rosenbaum allegedly yelled, "Shoot me, ni**a!" before throwing something at Rittenhouse.

The shootings occurred around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

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Rittenhouse (3rd from left) is pictured hours before the shootings cleaning graffiti off a Kenosha courthouse.

He was interviewed by a street journalist minutes before he shot and killed two BLM protesters and wounded a third.

"So people are getting injured and our job is to protect this business," he said in the video. "And part of my job is to also help people. If there is somebody hurt I'm running into harm’s way. That's why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. I also have my med kit."

Rittenhouse said he was "pepper sprayed" by a demonstrator in the crowd during the protests. When asked if he was using non-lethal crowd control, he replied, "We don't have non-lethal."

According to video footage, Kenosha police drove past Rittenhouse who had an AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder as members of the crowd were yelling for them to arrest him because he had shot people.

Photos from Rittenhouse's deleted Facebook page shows him as a youngster wearing a police uniform and wielding a semi-automatic rifle.

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Black Lives Matter activists took to Twitter Wednesday night to complain that police helped Rittenhouse and let him go when protesters chased him after the shooting.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden finally condemned the riots and violence on Wednesday, after CNN anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo pleaded with him to speak out because the riots hurt the Democrats' chances in November.

Cuomo said, "I think [the riots] probably represents the biggest threat to the Democratic cause."

"Kenosha is a Rorschach test for the entire country, and I think this is a blind spot for Democrats. I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away, and it's not going to go away," Lemon said Tuesday night.

Speaking remotely from his beach house in Delaware, Biden urged protesters to remain peaceful and avoid "needless violence". Biden quoted Jacob Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, who said her son would not want to see violence and destruction carried out in his name.

Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot 7 times in the back by a white police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call on Sunday. Police were advised that Blake was wanted on warrants for domestic violence and sex crimes.

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The 29-year-old Wisconsin man who was shot multiple times in the back by a Kenosha police officer may never walk again.

Jacob Blake, who is Black, was shot in the back at least 7 times by a white police officer. The Kenosha Police Department declined to name the officer, even though he has been identified on social media.

Blake's father told the Chicago Sun Times his son is a paraplegic, paralyzed from the waist down and may never walk again.

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"What justified all those shots?" his father said. "What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?"

Cellphone footage shows Blake walking around his SUV as cops with guns drawn order him to stop. One cop pulled Blake's t-shirt and fired his service weapon just as the father-of-three opened his driver side door and leaned inside the vehicle.

Blake's fiancée, Laquisha Booker, watched helplessly as the officer pumped 7 bullets into Blake's back while their children screamed in the back seat of his SUV.

Booker said, "That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him. With the kids in the back screaming. Screaming."

Another witness described an altercation with police that preceded the shooting. "They start to wrestle. The officer is punching on him. Two officers come to assist. They get him down on the curb behind his vehicle. Somehow he manages to get up. They said he has a knife. All of the officers pull out their guns. ... (One of the officers) tells him, 'Get out of the car!' and he starts shooting.”

The shooting sparked civil unrest and demonstrations in Kenosha and other cities.

Blake's father said he driving from Charlotte, NC to be with his son in the hospital.

"I want to put my hand on my son's cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I'll be OK," he said. "I'll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son."

The elder Blake criticized people who point out Jacob Blake's criminal record, saying his son didn't deserve to be shot in the back.

Famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is representing the family.

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The police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin led to protests and civil unrest in that city over the weekend.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot by a police officer in front of his family on Sunday. Cellphone video of the shooting sparked outrage on social media.

The video shows Blake walking away from two white police officers who have their guns drawn. Blake ignored repeated demands from them to stop.

He was shot multiple times in the back when he opened the driver side door of his SUV and leaned inside while an officer grabbed his t-shirt.

Blake's three minor children were reportedly in the back seat of the vehicle when he was shot.

He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is listed in serious condition while recovering from surgery.

Luke Reitruoc, the cop who shot Blake, is a former hospital security guard who was recently hired by the Kenosha Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave.

Several videos uploaded to social media showed the aftermath of the shooting, as demonstrators faced off against police officers around midnight. One cop was hit in the head with a brick. His condition is unknown.

The city of Kenosha issued a curfew until 7 a.m. as news crews captured footage of small groups of people breaking store front windows and setting fires to vehicles.

The governor said the courthouse would be closed because of extensive damage.

Gov. Tony Evers tweeted that he stood "against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites."

Evers tweeted, "While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country."