In protest at the 29-year-old Black man in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks chose to boycott their Wednesday matchup against the Orlándomagic. The decision generated a wave-like effect in the sports world, as the NBA canceled the remaining games on Wednesday, followed by a lot of athletes and other leagues.
Three games were reportedly replaced by Bucks versus Magic, Houston Rockets versus Oklahoma City Thunder, and Lakers versus Portland Trail Blazers.
Full statement from the Milwaukee Bucks: pic.twitter.com/jjGEyVcCmB
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 26, 2020
Several hours after the game was deferred, a statement was released by players from Bucks. “Today, no actions have been taken in spite of the immense complaint about change.
They also said We call for fairness for Jacob Blake and demand accountability from the officers, said the quote. “In order for these things to happen, it is imperative that the state legislature in Wisconsin reconvene after months of inaction and take important steps to address the issues of the police accountability, violence, and restructure of the justice system.
The Magic asserts he “condemns bigotry and race injustice and the wrongful use of the violent acts by the police against persons of color,” “with NBA, the National Basketball Players Association, the Milwaukee Bucks and the rest of the League.”
The boycott was named “mighty statements” by Blake’s family lawyer Ben Crump and applauded athletes, who talked the truth to power and motivated them to see a positive shifting worldwide.
Also on Wednesday, the WNBA decided not to play any games. On behalf of the players, Elizabeth Williams of The Atlanta Dream read the statement that “We stand in solidarity with our siblings in the NBA and will continue this dialog with our siblings across all the Ligue and seek collective action.”
Several NBA players on potential boycotts were asked earlier this week. “We’ll really have to get our knuckles online and actually get something to lose, not only money and visibility, if we’re going to sit here and talk about making change,” Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said to reporters at some point.
George Hill, the Bucks point guard, openly questioned on Monday whether the shooting should continue to the playoff. Hill told ESPN on Monday, “We can’t do anything [from Orlando]. “We should not even have arrived here, in order to be honest, at this damn place first. I believe that coming here took away all the focused questions.”