Kenny Smith walked off the NBA on TNT set on Wednesday night in the wake of the league postponing its three playoff games scheduled for the same day.
The postponements came on the heels of the Milwaukee Bucks boycotting their game against the Orlando Magic in response to Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, being shot by police Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Blake, 29, was left paralyzed from the waist down and the shooting has sparked more protests across the country against police brutality and systemic racism.
“Right now my head is ready to explode like in the the thought of what’s going on,” Kenny Smith told viewers and his co-hosts Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. “I don’t know if I’m appropriate enough to say it what the players are feeling and how they’re feeling. I haven’t talked to any player.
“Even driving here and getting into the studio … hearing calls and people talking. … And for me, I think the biggest thing now As a black man as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not to be here tonight.
“And I figure out what happens after that,” Smith added as he was leaving the set.
NBA players are expected to meet Wednesday night to determine whether they should continue on with the playoffs.
Multiple MLB games were also postponed Wednesday.