By Jalon Hill
Game 5 of the NBA playoffs was set for the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic. Things would take a major turn as the Bucks decided to boycott the game.
This boycott comes at the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in the back 7-times by an officer and left prazlyzed from the waist down.
“Despite the overwhelming plea for change. there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.” said Bucks forward Sterling Brown who was a victim of racial profiling and unlawful assault by Milwaukee police in 2018.
“We’re tired of the killings and the injustice.” said Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill to ESPN reporter Marc J. Spears.
The Los Angeles Laker, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Houston Rockets followed the Bucks and boycotted their games too.
NBA players weren’t the only ones to protest against play as players from the WNBA, MLS, and MLB boycotted their games as well.
According to ESPN Senior Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the wave of boycotts was a shock to the NBA, owners, and front offices who all expected their teams to play yesterday.
There were talks among the teams to boycott the rest of the playoffs but a decision was made by the playoffs to resume play.