The Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series with the Magic in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wis., according to multiple reports.
Wednesday’s game was set to begin at 4 p.m. ET, but Milwaukee players never emerged from the locker room for pregame warm-ups. Orlando players took the floor at the usual time for warm-ups, but they returned to their locker room once it became clear that the Bucks did not intend to play.
Game balls were removed from the court at approximately 4:20 p.m. ET.
A video released Sunday night showed Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, being shot multiple times in the back by police officers as he attempted to get into his SUV. Blake’s three children, ages 3, 5 and 8, were reportedly inside the vehicle. Blake family attorney Ben Crump said Blake is paralyzed and it would “take a miracle” for him to walk again.
“We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Bucks guard George Hill told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
The NBA has not yet officially announced whether Game 5 will be postponed.
This story will be updated as more details become available.
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