Dwayne Johnson Postpones Launch Of Under Armour Project "Out Of Respect For Jacob Blake"

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"Unbelievable we’re here again," the actor and businessman says.

Dwayne Johnson on Thursday morning said he would postpone the launch of his latest Under Armour collection “out of respect for Jacob Blake and his family.”

The news came after a historic night of boycotts by professional sports leagues which started when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play the Orlando Magic in game five of the first round of the NBA playoffs. ESPN reported Thursday the players decided to continue the postseason after some teams initially said they would sit out. Former player and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith walked off the Inside the NBA set Wednesday night as a show of solidarity with the players.

“Unbelievable we’re here again," Johnson said in his Thursday announcement. "Shot 7xs. In the back. In front of his kids. There’s no progress without humanity."

“Project Rock” is Johnson’s line with the Baltimore-based athletic gear company.

Blake was shot in the back seven times Sunday by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin as his children looked on. Although he survived the shooting, a lawyer for the family said he will likely never walk again. Nightly protests have occurred in Kenosha and in other parts country in the aftermath of the shooting.

Former President Barack Obama was among those who applauded the teams for peacefully protesting in such a manner. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden also supported the decision and released a video in which he said he had been in contact with the Blake family and condemned the shooting. President Donald Trump has not mentioned the shooting other than tweets in which he said the National Guard should be deployed to Kenosha amid the protests.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, on Thursday criticized players for their move. "I think the NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially,” he said. Kushner also said he planned on calling LeBron James to talk about the situation.