The Milwaukee Bucks players began a boycott on Wednesday that reached the WNBA, MLS, Major League Baseball and the rest of the NBA.
The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
Background on the boycott
Players and coaches all across the NBA were hurt by the way the shooting of Jacob Blake was handled, and they felt like they had to do something more.
Also, the Bucks players felt even more pressure to do something since the shooting happened in Wisconsin.
Minutes before the start of the game, Bucks players came together and decided to not play Game 5 against the Magic in the NBA playoffs.
Players reasons for the boycott
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explained what happened moments before the Bucks game.
However, it wasn’t just the NBA boycotting games on Wednesday. The WNBA also came together and boycotted all of the games scheduled.
Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta dream spoke about the WNBA’s decision.
Also, MLB players boycotted some games Wednesday night. The players wanted to show support to the other leagues boycotting and to continue to demand change.
The Milwaukee Brewers players boycotted their game against the Cincinnati Reds and a total of four games were boycotted.
Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich spoke about how the Brewers felt.
The NBA and its players and currently discussing what they can do to create tangible change in the community. They’re also talking about how to resume the playoffs, and if they should even do so.
Many players think that the best way to continue the fight for change is to play. However, other players think the best thing to do is go home because some things are more important than basketball.
ESPN’s Malika Andrews talked about what the players have gone through, and what their plans could be in the future.
As for the games on Thursday, there were three games scheduled and none were played.