ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report that the ultimate decision to boycott the game was to protest police brutality following the shooting of Jacob Blake.
The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
The Magic had taken the court the 15 minutes prior to the start of the game while Bucks players remained in the locker room, reportedly discussing whether or not to boycott the game.
The decision comes in the wake of a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin where a Black man, Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police officers while entering his vehicle. This shooting is just the latest of several officer-involved shootings that have led to massive civil unrest and protests across the country this year.
The Bucks players made this decision in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin, ultimately deciding that they wouldn't leave the locker room for the start of Game 5 against Orlando. https://t.co/COJ6E0aJLj— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears confirmed the team's decision with Bucks guard George Hill.
Bucks guard George Hill says to @TheUndefeated his team is not playing against Orlando tonight in light of shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc. "We're tired of the killings and the injustice," Hill to @TheUndefeated.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) August 26, 2020
Hill had previously talked about the tired mindset of the players and their decision to come to the bubble on Tuesday when he said, "We shouldn't have even came to this damn place, to be honest."
The Bucks ownership sent the following statement.
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