The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their first-round playoff series with the Orlando Magic.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the story and as any basketball fan knows game 5 is a critical win. No word on whether the Orlando Magic will take the key W.
Other teams are also considering a boycott of today’s playoff games after the tragic shooting in Kenosha the other day.
That should led to more tragic shooting and death last night and a young man has been charged with murder.
The Milwaukee Bucks sat out of Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs Wednesday in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year old Black man, in Wisconsin.
Blake was shot in the back seven times as he got into his car with three of his children inside in Kenosha Sunday evening, according to his family and their attorney. Blake is now paralyzed, his family has said.
Players have been reportedly discussing boycotting the playoffs in the wake of the shooting, which has led to protests in Kenosha, Madison, and other cities across the US.
On Monday, Bucks player George Hill expressed frustration over the situation, saying that they shouldn’t be playing basketball amid the global unrest over police brutality and racism.
“We shouldn’t have even came to this damn place,” Hill said. “To be honest, I think coming here just took all the focal points off of what the issues are but we’re here so it is what it is.”
Game balls are being put away, as the Bucks decide to boycott game 5 against the Magic. pic.twitter.com/Cy32q2CJH7
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 26, 2020
The Bucks players made this decision in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin, ultimately deciding that they wouldn't leave the locker room for the start of Game 5 against Orlando. https://t.co/COJ6E0aJLj
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020