NBA Games Postponed After Milwaukee Bucks Boycott In Wake Of Jacob Blake’s Shooting
Other teams scheduled to play Wednesday were reportedly planning to boycott their games before the NBA postponed them.
The NBA postponed its three Wednesday night playoff games after the Milwaukee Bucks organized a boycott of their match in the wake of Jacob Blake's shooting.
The Bucks did not leave the locker room ahead of their matchup against the Orlando Magic for Game 5 in protest of police brutality and social injustice, according to multiple outlets. Following the Bucks' refusal to play, other teams including the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder were reportedly planning to boycott their games as well.
Multiple sports writers reported Wednesday evening that the Rockets and Thunder were going to boycott Game 5. The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers were also scheduled to play.
The NBA protests come after days of ongoing demonstrations since Blake, a Black man, was shot on Sunday by police multiple times in Kenosha, Wisconsin—just 44 miles from the Bucks’ home of Milwaukee.
The Bucks-Magic playoff game was scheduled to start at 4 p.m. local time in the NBA bubble on Walt Disney World property. But Bucks players stayed in their locker room, while Magic players warmed up on the court, according to multiple reporters.
Bucks player George Hill told ESPN’s Marc Spears that his team wouldn’t be playing on Wednesday in the wake of Blake’s shooting, saying, “We’re tired of the killings and the injustice.”
Many NBA players have been vocal about the recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests, supporting the movement by kneeling at games and wearing clothes and hats that display names including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. After the Bucks boycotted their game, multiple players and staff showed their support.
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 Boston Celtics, scheduled to start their series against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, tweeted “Justice for Jacob” as the boycotts were being reported. The NBA has not yet announced what the plans are for upcoming games.