The Milwaukee Bucks made a historic stand against racial injustice on Wednesday by refusing to take the court for their Game 5 match against the Orlando Magic, and several Bulls players from the past and present are applauding their decision.
Warning, as some of these tweets contain explicit language.
Scottie Pippen shared his support mere moments after news of the Bucks boycott broke.
Rookie point guard Coby White shared a simple message of “Respect.”
Otto Porter Jr. raised a fist in solidarity.
Daniel Gafford tweeted support for WNBA players, who also opted to not play their scheduled games Wednesday evening.
Pau Gasol shared a quote from the late Rep. John Lewis.
The Bucks took this stand following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in nearby Kenosha, WI. The reportedly unarmed Blake was shot several times in the back as he tried to get into his car, all while three of his children watched.
After that shooting, and protests in Kenosha, Zach LaVine asked for the officer who shot Blake to be charged with a crime.
Meanwhile White shared another message, this one a particularly stirring quote from Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
Finally, the face of the league, LeBron James, did not mince words.
And the Bulls as an organization also showed their support.
After the Bucks boycott, the Rockets, Thunder, Lakers and Trail Blazers decided to follow suit, prompting the NBA and NBPA to postpone the rest of Wednesday’s slate of games.
It’s unclear when these teams will decide to return to play.