Milwaukee Bucks boycott of game five of the NBA playoffs sparks shutdown of today’s games

The Milwaukee Bucks says that they are boycotting their playoff game in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, other teams follow suit

Referees stand on an empty court before the start of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic for Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted game 5 of their scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic today, the rest of the playoff teams that were supposed to take the court today have followed suit, the NBA has confirmed.

The NBA show The Jump says that the games will not be considered forfeitures. The boycott came almost four years to the day that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his controversial anthem protests.

Earlier today, Adrian Wojnarowski and NBA reporter Taylor Rooks were the first to report that the Milwaukee Bucks are boycotting game five of their playoff series vs. the Orlando Magic. The boycott was confirmed by Wojnarowski via his Twitter account.

Read More: Blake family speaks out as second video of shooting surfaces

By 4:54, it was announced that game five of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Houston Rockets playoff game would be boycotted by the teams as well.

The 4 p.m. EST game start time has come and gone and both reporters are saying that that the Bucks, led by their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, will not take the floor.

The Bucks were up 3-1 in their series against the Orlando Magic when both teams left the floor just before their 4 p.m. start time.

Milwaukee Bucks v Orlando Magic - Game Three
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks moves the ball up court against the Orlando Magic in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 22, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Ehrmann/Getty Images)

As reported by theGrio, protests have roiled Kenosha, Wisconsin since Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father was shot by police on Sunday.

Bystander video captured the shooting. It has been reported that Blake was breaking up a fight between two women when he had an encounter with police.

Read More: Shaun King threatens to name cops who ‘may or may not’ be involved in Jacob Blake shooting

His father, also named Jacob Blake, says that his son is now paralyzed from the waist down but doctors don’t know if it’s permanent.

Reports, including from the daily ESPN NBA show The Jump are saying that players including Toronto Raptors player Fred Van Vleet, had been discussing a boycott as much as a day ago. Complex also reported yesterday the possibility that the Raptors and Celtics were discussing boycotting Game 1 of their second-round matchup yesterday.

No Bucks players have met with the media yet. Though now in the NBA ‘bubble” at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida, the Bucks play their home games at Fiserv Arena in Milwaukee, about 45 minutes away from Kenosha.


Have you subscribed to theGrio’s podcast “Dear Culture”? Download our newest episodes now!

Loading the player...
Share: