The NBA announced it will postpone Game 5 of three different series in response to the Milwaukee Bucks decision to boycott their game following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The team’s decision to protest occurred in response to a shooting which took place in the same state as the team’s home.
Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot in the back by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His shooting became the latest incident to prompt outrage nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced that in light of the Bucks’ decision to not take the court for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, Wednesday’s three games (Bucks vs. Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers) have been postponed.
“We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Bucks guard George Hill told ESPN’s Marc Spears, in explaining his team’s decision.
Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens, and Jamie Dinan released the following joint statement: “We fully support our players and the decision they made. Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them. The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us. Our players have done that and we will continue to stand alongside them and demand accountability and change.”
Outside of the Milwaukee Bucks, there have been several players, teams, coaches, and even former players that have spoken with heavy hearts. Coaches like Doc Rivers gave an emotional statement in response to the shootings, stating, “we keep loving this country and this country doesn’t love us back.”
NBA players will reportedly hold a meeting later on Wednesday to discuss the next steps, per NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.