The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly are boycotting Game 5 of their first round series against the Orlando Magic in protest, following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
The Magic came onto the court to warm-up shortly before the scheduled 4:10 p.m. ET tip-off, but the Bucks never took the court.
The Milwaukee Bucks still haven't come out to the court for Game 6 with the Orlando Magic and there's been some discussion within the Bucks about a boycott, sources tell @malika_andrews and me. NBA officials have gone into the Milwaukee locker room.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
The Magic eventually returned to the locker room.
Wow. Wow. Wow.— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 26, 2020
The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted Game 5 of the playoffs in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.pic.twitter.com/nRUcdE7NB6
Woj then reported than the Bucks are indeed boycotting Game 5.
The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
We’re awaiting word on what this means for the ruling of Game 5, whether it will be rescheduled or the Magic will be awarded a win. The Magic should stand with the Bucks and in no way accept victory under the circumstances, and I’m sure the players and organization feel the same way.
This is obviously much bigger than basketball as the Bucks take an unprecedented stand against social injustice and police brutality, following an incident that took place in their home state.
Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times at close range by police officers in Kenosha, Wis., leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Bucks guard George Hill says to @TheUndefeated his team is not playing against Orlando tonight in light of shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc. “We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Hill to @TheUndefeated.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) August 26, 2020
Much more to come on this story...