The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted Wednesday’s NBA playoff game against the Orlando Magic in response to the recent police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that has resulted in days of unrest.
The Bucks players formalized the decision to boycott the game before tipoff, sources told The Athletic and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Magic’s players reportedly wanted to play, but then returned to the locker room.
The Bucks players made this decision in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin, ultimately deciding that they wouldn’t leave the locker room for the start of Game 5 against Orlando. https://t.co/COJ6E0aJLj
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
The boycott after a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back while his children were nearby. Video of the shooting released Sunday night has prompted nightly protests in Kenosha that turned violent last night when armed white vigilantes arrived.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.