Milwaukee Bucks boycott game 5 of play-offs in protest over Jacob Blake shooting
The Milwaukee Bucks failed to show for game 5 of the franchise’s NBA play-offs clash against the Orlando Magic in protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Blake, 29, was shot several times in the back by police as he entered a car which seated three of his children.
Speculation has been rife that the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics would sit out game 1 of their play-off clash given the series hadn’t yet started but the Bucks decided as a group today not to step onto court, despite being on the cusp of progressing to the eastern conference semi-finals.
Though both sides failed to take to the court for tip-off, the decision is believed to have stemmed from the Bucks’ side and both teams will shun media duties in protest of the treatment that black people experience at the hands of police in America.
Blake’s family say the 29-year-old has been left paralysed from the waist down after the shootings and his family gave an emotional plea 48 hours after the incident to demand more respect for black communities.
‘They shot my son seven times, seven times, like he didn’t matter,” his father, Jacob Blake Snr said.
‘But my son matters. He’s a human being and he matters.’
The shooting has sparked widespread protests across the United States and two protestors were shot dead during a third ugly night of protests in Wisconsin on Tuesday.
NBA sides have adorned the Black Lives Matter message since the restart, which is being played in an Orlando bubble at Disney Resorts.
NBA officials made their way to both locker rooms in order to convince the teams to emerge but they face an increasing problem with a tight play-off schedule in order to convince the remaining teams to participate.
The Magic took to the floor for the warm-up but once news emerged of the Bucks’ intention they remained in the locker room and it’s unclear when game 5 will be played .
The Raptors and the Celtics have both openly discussed boycotting their clash and will confirm a decision tomorrow morning.
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