Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Playoff Game, Other NBA Teams Follow Suit
1:47 p.m. PT – More NBA boycotts may be on the way … the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are NOT planning to take the court for their Game 5 playoff game.
This match is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. CT – but according to The Athletic, that is not happening.
There’s also a buzz the Lakers could boycott their Wednesday night playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
James lebron just tweeted, “F * CK THIS MAN !!!! WE CALL FOR CHANGE. SICK.”
The Milwaukee Bucks boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday … choosing not to take the court in protest after the Jacob blake filming.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates did not participate in the pre-game warm-ups before their scheduled game for Game 5 in the NBA bubble … by staying in the locker room.
Of course, Blake was shot in the back 7 times by a policeman during an incident in Kenosha on Sunday … about 45 minutes from Milwaukee.
Raysean White via TMX.news
The news was made official a few minutes ago – the team announcing that they would not be playing on Wednesday at all.
Dollar player George hill issued a short statement saying: “We are tired of the killings and injustice”.
Alex Lasry, director of Bucks, also weighed …
“Some things are more important than basketball,” said Lasry.
“The position taken today by the players and the organization shows that we are fed up. Enough is enough. Change has to happen.”
“I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we are 100% behind our players who are ready to help and make a real change.”
Obviously, this will have huge ramifications – the team would face millions of dollars in fines for missing the game. But they clearly feel that the social justice declaration is worth it.
ESPN Bobby Marks says the fine could reach $ 5 million if the NBA chooses to enforce it.
The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics also discussed the boycott of their playoff game on Thursday.
It’s unclear whether the Bucks’ move will encourage them to stay off the pitch.
Of course, Bucks player Sterling brown was the victim of police brutality back in 2018 when he was loaded by cops while outside a Walgreens in Milwaukee on a first date.
The cops had accused him of parking in a disabled spot … and things got worse from there.
Video showed officers picking up Brown on the ground and charge him up – despite the fact that he never resisted or seemed to pose a threat.
Brown says he was offered a settlement of $ 400,000 in return for his silence on the matter – but he refused, saying “I can’t shut up.”
The police chief then apologized to Brown.
Originally posted – 13:24 PT
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