Naomi Osaka pulls out of tennis tournament over ‘continued genocide of Black people’

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Following what she called the “continued genocide of Black people,” Naomi Osaka pulled out of the Western & Southern Open in New York because there are “much more important matters at hand” than watching her play tennis.

After the tweet from the world’s highest-paid female athlete, the US Open warmup announced there would be no play Thursday before resuming Friday.
It followed the Wednesday postponement of NBA, Major League Baseball, MLS and WNBA games in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin and subsequent protests.
Blake would likely be left paralyzed, according to his family, after he was shot seven times.
Japan’s Osaka took to Twitter on Wednesday night local time in New York after defeating Anett Kontaveit in the quarterfinals and speaking with reporters.

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