NBA Boycott After Another Unarmed Black Man Is Shot By Police

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 26: A worker removes towels from the Milwaukee Bucks empty bench after the Bucks sit out Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round in protest during the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Orlando Magic at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Milwaukee Buck have boycotted game 5 reportedly to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, the protests in Kenosha and three people being shot and two killed by a white man during the protests, The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

There had been talks of boycotting after the shooting of the unarmed Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in the back seven times in front of his three sons and is paralyzed from the waist down. There had been players discussing not returning to basketball after the murder of George Floyd, but most decided to return and hoped to use their platform to bring about change.

On Monday, George Hill said they shouldn’t have even come to this damn place because it took the focal points off what the issues are.

On Tuesday, Fred VanVleet echoed Hill’s statement. He thinks that if the Bucks protest that would encourage the owner of the Bucks to put pressure on the district attorney and state’s attorney and politicians to make a real change and get justice.

The Los Angels Lakers and Portland Trailblazers are also boycotting. There will be no playoff games tonight and players are meeting to discuss next steps.

This is a developing story, come back for updates.


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