LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (WKOW) -- The Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court for their scheduled playoff matchup against Orlando.
Several NBA players from multiple teams had talked about boycotting games in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. The Bucks' players released a statement in the evening explaining their decision to follow through:
“The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings.
Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.
When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.
We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable. For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform. We encourage all citizens to educate themselves, take peaceful and responsible action, and remember to vote on Nov. 3."
The Bucks' actions spread throughout the league with reports indicating other teams were planning to follow suit throughout the day. The NBA released a statement confirming no games would be held on Wednesday and would be rescheduled.
The Bucks lead the Magic 3-1 in their best-of-seven series. Milwaukee's owners released this statement:
"We fully support our players and the decision they made. Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them. The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us. Our players have done that and we will continue to stand alongside them and demand accountability and change."