What’s Next After The Milwaukee Bucks Boycott NBA Playoff Game In Wake Of Police Shooting Of Jacob Blake?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Milwaukee Bucks have become the first team to boycott a playoff game to protest social injustice. The basketball team decided not to play the Orlando Magic Wednesday, in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. While the Magic were warming up, the Bucks stayed in their locker room for more than three hours.
The players issued a statement as a team, demanding justice from Wisconsin lawmakers. The said, in part, “We’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha and the additional shooting of protesters. Despite the overwhelming plea for change there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball. When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level and give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard and in this moment we are demanding the same from lawmakers and law enforcement. We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable for this to occur it is imperative that Wisconsin state legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.”
This could be just the beginning. In the coming days, we will see how the Buck’s stance Wednesday perhaps motivates other organizations to follow suit. Former NBA player and current sports announcer Kenny Smith walked off the set of Inside The NBA in an act of solidarity:
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