Via NBATV and ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks are boycotting Game 5 of their series against the Orlando Magic in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder will also boycott Game 5 of their series to’re tired of the killings and injustice.”
The Bucks, along with several other teams including the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors, have felt that the gestures of kneeling and protesting have not yielded results in getting the respect and humane treatment that the Black community deserves.
After the shooting of Blake, there was the sense that more aggressive steps needed to be taken against brutality and racial injustice against Black people. Part of the bubble is the focus on how to create change for racial equality. Players want changes in voting registrations, polices, among other issues connected to inequalities.
According to NBA TV’s Stephanie Ready, Thunder point guard Chris Paul was seen leaving with Rockets guard Russell Westbrook around 4:45. Shortly afterwards, players were seen leaving the building. Paul is the president of the National Basketball Players Association.
Ready also reported that the Celtics and Raptors will discuss protesting Game 1 of their series, which is scheduled to start tomorrow.
Update: A meeting will take place at 8 PM ET according to ESPN. All NBA players are invited.
In addition, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball have decided to postpone their game in solidarity of the NBA’s protest.