Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon was one of many basketball figures to show their public support following the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to boycott Game 5 of their first round series against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
The boycott comes off nights of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where a police officer shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back.
Before Turgeon came to coach basketball at the University of Maryland, he coached Middleton at Texas A&M from 2009-2012. Middleton blossomed from a second-round pick to one of the NBA's premier shooters. Now, he's a part of a bigger movement to try to enact change through protesting police brutality. Middleton even spoke to his hometown paper to shed light on how these kind of experiences are nothing new.
Middleton has been active in support of protests since George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minnesota in May, offering his public sentiments back in June that resonates more than ever today. A day later, Turgeon did the same via a video on his Twitter.
Turgeon's tweet in support of his former player came as one of the first college coaches to show a public stance of solidarity with the NBA's protests.