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Bucks, Pistons take a knee on opening possessions after Capitol riots

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Players and staff for the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons took a knee on each of their respective opening possessions following the opening tip of their Wednesday night game, just hours after riots at the United States Capitol building. 

The Bucks have been at the forefront of the NBA's social demonstrations since Aug. 23, when they protested police brutality by not taking the court in the NBA bubble against the Orlando Magic after Jacob Blake, a Black man from Kenosha, Wis., was shot by an officer.

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Milwaukee's refusal to take the court in Orlando started a seismic three-day halt to the first round of the NBA playoffs. 

On Tuesday, Kenosha prosecutors decided not to charge any officers involved in the Blake shooting, and then Wednesday, rioters protesting the outcome of the presidential election breached the Capitol with violence ensuing.

Boston and Miami also demonstrated, walking off the court before returning with a statement prepared by both teams and kneeling prior to their game.