The Milwaukee Bucks Are Boycotting Game 5 of Their Playoff Series (UPDATES)

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The Milwaukee Bucks Are Boycotting Game 5 of Their Playoff Series (UPDATES)

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Against the backdrop of police shooting Jacob Blake, a black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks were scheduled to play Game 5 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

They never took the court. [Ed. note – tweets are not loading properly at the moment, so you may not see the embeds below, but the text of the tweets should display.]

We will update as this develops.

As I’m typing, this drops:

Update (3:30): Kenosha, Wisconsin is only about 40 miles south of the Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Update (3:44): George Hill continues to make his voice heard. On Monday, he told reporters “We shouldn’t have even come to this damn place, to be honest. I think coming here took all the focal points off what the issues are.”

Hill and his fellow teammates have now put all eyes back on the problem.

Update (3:45): In the wake of the Bucks decision to boycott Game 5, numerous questions arise. How many other teams will follow? How will the NBA react? How many games will be boycotted moving forward? Will players leave the bubble?

All we know for now is that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets have chosen to boycott their game, as well, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Update (3:52): The Athletic’s Shams Charania is also reporting that the Bucks are trying to reach the Attorney General of Wisconsin. As far as we know, players have not exited the locker room yet.

Update (4:04): The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers have decided to boycott Game 5 tonight. It’s official, all scheduled NBA games today will not be played. The players took a stand.

Update (4:18): Remember, the players made this happen.

Update (5:10): We should learn more tonight …



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.