Bucks boycott Game 5 against Magic in protest of police brutality

Players take a knee during the national anthem before the start of a game between the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports.
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The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the court for warmups or the start of the 4:00 p.m. tipoff for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA Playoffs on Wednesday.

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 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 Undefeated's Marc J. Spears confirmed the team's decision with Bucks guard George Hill.


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."