Matches called off following police shooting
The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted last night’s NBA playoff game against the Orlando Magic in an apparent protest against racial injustice following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last week.
Leading 3-1 and needing just one more win to move into the Eastern Conference semi-finals, the Bucks did not emerge from their locker room for practice ahead of game five. Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry said: “Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100 per cent behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”
Blake was shot on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin – 40 miles from Milwaukee – apparently in the back, igniting new protests over racial injustice in several cities’
In light of Milwaukee’s stance, last night’s other matches between the Bucks and the Magic, as well as LA Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder, were also shelved.