Top Stories, Sports and Business News — Aug. 26

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Here are the stories making headlines in both sports and business on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

NBA Addresses Jacob Blake Shooting in Kenosha, Wis.

Several key NBA star players and coaches are using their platforms to address the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year old black man who was shot while facing away from officers approaching his vehicle in Kenosha, Wis.

Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers spoke to the media following his team’s Game 5 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

He said, "We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot. We're the ones that we're denied to live in certain communities. We've been hung. We've been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It's amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back."

Former NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry expressed support for the longtime NBA Coach, tweeting, “Proud to know you @DocRivers. Sometimes we don’t know what to say every time this hurt happens. We Need Change!"

Additionally, Toronto Raptors guard Fred Van Vleet told reporters on Tuesday that the league would consider a boycott of their upcoming Game 1 matchup against the Boston Celtics. Van Vleet, along with teammates Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell, say the team is considering the move in large part due to frustrations that their message is not getting across.

The Raptors and Celtics are set to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals Thursday evening.

Related content: Bucks Release Statement on Recent Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

How's Corporate America Handling the Shooting?

Target, one of the first major corporations to speak up following the killing of George Floyd hasn't released a statement yet on its media page or on its Twitter account. Same goes for Walmart  (WMT) - Get Report, Wendy’s  (WEN) - Get Report, and McDonald’s  (MCD) - Get Report.

Now, following the protests and riots throughout the country after police in Minneapolis killed Floyd, many public U.S. corporations spoke out saying that Black Lives Matter and some even put their money where their mouth is. So, none of this is to put any company on “blast” but rather just to note that we’ve continued to see these stories--whether it’s a police shooting that kills or seriously injures an innocent person of color--time and time again and it’s progress to see companies take a stand, but at what point do we hold them accountable? 

Back on June 16, Shaun Harper wrote in an article for Washington Post’s Perspective section about how employees doubt their own companies when the companies say that they support Black Lives Matter.

Harper wrote that the goal of the companies who announce support for the cause and some changes as well as various donations, “is for customers and others outside those companies to find all these gestures compelling and believable. But many black employees find them confusing, at times even laughable, because such pronouncements and headline-garnering investments are so terribly inconsistent with their firsthand experiences in workplaces that have long devalued their lives and professional contributions.”

Daily Coronavirus Update

There are over 23.9 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 820,000 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has surpassed 5.7 million cases with over 178,000 deaths.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance for coronavirus testing this week. Now, the guidelines say that many people who have been exposed to the virus thorough close contact with someone “do not necessarily need a test” if they’re not experiencing symptoms.

Now, this may not seem like a big deal so let’s dive into it a little bit.

Per data from last month, the CDC itself found that 40% of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic--meaning no visible symptoms but the chance of transmission from these asymptomatic cases is 75%.

And this comes after the CDC quietly lifted its directive that recommended that travelers--particularly those coming from a state with a high rate of COVID-19 cases--self-quarantine for 14 days.

This directive was also one of the reasons that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut implemented mandatory quarantine rules to help curb the spread.

And, finally, Airbnb will allow employees to work from home until August of 2021. They will allow employers to temporarily go to different states, and they will give employees $300 for home office equipment. And they’ll be able to use a $500 credit to use on Airbnb’s. 

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