The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their playoff series against Orlando Magic in protest over racial injustice, according to multiple reports.
The action comes on the heels of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
“Myself and our players and our organization are very disturbed by what’s happening in Kenosha,” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said earlier on Wednesday.
“It’s a great challenge to have an appreciation and a desire for change and something different and better in Kenosha and Milwaukee and Wisconsin and then go out and play a game.”
Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change
— Alex Lasry (@AlexanderLasry) August 26, 2020
The Magic, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven, first-round series, left the court when it was clear the Bucks were not going to play.
The Bucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020
— 13am Adebayo (@Bam1of1) August 26, 2020
Shoot Hoops, Not People. pic.twitter.com/loHk0XJsvo
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) August 26, 2020
WE DEMAND JUSTICE!!!
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) August 26, 2020
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) August 26, 2020
WE DEMAND CHANGE! SALUTE @Bucks
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) August 26, 2020
I hope the sponsors that claim to be “allies” put their power into play in support of the NBA. This move may not seem directly correlated to immediate action but it’s an absolutely important statement. #NBAboycott
— h (@halsey) August 26, 2020
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 26, 2020
Let’s go BUCKS
— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) August 26, 2020
HUGE props to @Bucks & the @NBA. I been saying this for a minute if you want change take away peoples fun and escapes and just deal with the problem at hand. I hope they never start back until justice is served. @NFL and @MLB should follow suit.
— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) August 26, 2020