The Miami Heat are extremely frustrated after the mayor rejected the use of their stadium as a voting center.
Miami Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Giménez, cited business at the arena in November as the primary justification for his decision. He decided to pass on American Airlines Arena, opting for the Fost Science Museum instead.
Nearly two-thirds of the 30 NBA teams have already confirmed that their arenas will be voting centers. The Miami Heat responded to their rejection with extreme displeasure.
Prior to his side’s Game Three win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Coach Erik Spoelstra stated his reaction to the news.
“We thought that we were on the goal line to be able to get it done, and we had really worked with the county to check all the boxes that they seemingly wanted checked. It would have been a perfect place.”Via NBC Sports
These discussions are coming in the wake of a voting movement within the NBA. Several players chose to have “Vote” on the back of their jersey as their Social Justice message in the bubble.
“More than a Vote,” founded by LeBron James, has aimed to open NBA arenas as voting centers. The organization will continue to fight against voter suppression by trying to get everyone registered.
Will this setback affect the Miami Heat’s impact? Coach Erik Spoelstra answered this one emphatically.
“But I will promise you this: This is not going to stop us. We’re going to get involved one way or the other. We’re just going to strategize, recalibrate, figure out what step we can take from here. That’s with or without the county. It’s just really disappointing that that’s the decision they made.“Via NBC Sports
The Miami Heat are currently up 3-0 against the Bucks in the second round of the NBA playoffs. They will look to sweep the series on Sunday.