MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Milwaukee Bucks chose not to play their NBA playoff game against the Orlando Magic. The Bucks never took the court. Later, the magic players and the officials left the floor as well.
NBA players and coaches have been vocal in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the past days and now the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha. All NBA playoffs games on Wednesday were postponed.
Here’s reaction from the bucks about the boycott of game.
George hill, Bucks Guard said, “Watching that stuff that happened in Wisconsin the other day really breaks my heart.”
“You know we’re down here playing in the bubble to do these things for social justice and all that, and to see that it’s still going on and we’re just playing the games like it’s just nothing is just a really messed up situation right now,” said Hill.
Mike Budenholzer, Bucks Head Coach said, “There’s nothing more important than change happening. Black lives matter, police force being used inappropriately too often, too many people losing their lives; there’s nothing more important than creating change.”
Milwaukee Brewers decided to postpone their game with the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park choosing to stand with their NBA counterparts to make a statement in response to the events in Kenosha this past week.
Ryan Braun, Brewers Outfielder said, “Certainly we stand in solidarity with them and the decision they’ve made as well as the rest of the NBA teams.”
“Ultimately this was about us supporting our community and our country that’s in pain. I think that Kenosha being essentially an extension of Milwaukee, it’s obviously in Wisconsin. This one hits close to home and I think it obviously impacted them very deeply as it has us,” said Braun.