“As a black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight,” Smith stated. “And figure out what happens after that.”
Smith then proceeded to unplug his microphone and stroll off the set.
After Smith’s departure, the show proceeded with Johnson and different hosts, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, speaking about the league, the boycotts and racial injustice.
This included Turner Sports NBA analyst Chris Webber talking passionately about race in America.
“If not now, when? If not during a pandemic and countless lives being lost. If not now, when?” Webber stated on the show.
Turner, which airs Inside the NBA, and CNN share a dad or mum firm in WarnerMedia. A Turner Sports spokesperson expressed their help to CNN Business for Smith’s resolution to be part of NBA players in a stand for social justice.
Following the Bucks protest, the NBA introduced that it might postpone all the video games on Wednesday evening.
– CNN’s David Close, Allen Kim and Leah Asmelash contributed to this report