UFC fighter Colby Covington slams LeBron James and NBA players over boycott

Colby Covington has blasted LeBron James and NBA players over their decision to boycott games in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.

The UFC star took exception with basketball players pushing for reform after Blake, 29, was shot several times in the back by Wisconsin police as he entered a car which held three of his children.

The Milwaukee Bucks sparked the historic protest from basketball players when they refused to play in game 5 of their NBA play-offs clash with Orlando Magic.

Los Angeles Lakers star James immediately backed the move from the Bucks, tweeting: ‘FU*K THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.’

Facing wide-spread boycotts, NBA have called off the other play-off games and there is now talk the season could be cancelled.

Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers are believed to be in favour of boycotting the rest of the basketball season and UFC welterweight fighter Covington hit out at the protests.

He said: ‘Oh wow, you postponed your games?! Wanna prove you’re really about change?

‘Quit your multi million dollar jobs and soft privileged lives playing a kids game, take a massive pay cut and perform the toughest job in America. Become cops!’

Covington has built his image in the UFC as a staunch Donald Trump supporter and cultivated a persona despised by many rival fighters.

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman was disgusted by Covington’s comments, tweeting: I really wish someone would just break your jaw already.’

Usman has a win over Covington in the UFC and broke his bitter rival’s jaw in the contest last December.

Boycotts have now swept through American sport with tennis star Naomi Osaka pulling out of the Western and Southern Open.

Baseball stars have also joined the boycott with protests and violence continuing across America.

Blake has been left paralysed and the FBI have now been tasked with investigating the shooting.

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