The fears of the last few hours have been confirmed across the Atlantic. In protest after the drama experienced by Jacob Blake, the Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs against the Orlando Magic.
The meeting was due to start at 10 p.m. KST, but quickly everyone understood that something was happening in Florida. Less than an hour before kick-off, ESPN had seen NBA (National basketball association) officials enter the Bucks locker room. At a time when they had to enter the floor to warm up, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates were not out, and their opponents ended up stopping their preparation to return to the locker room in turn, less than four minutes from the jump ball.
7 bullets in the back …
From then on, the news quickly broke: the franchise with the best defender of the season decided to boycott the fifth game of the first round of the playoffs against the Magic, led 3-1. Obviously, this confrontation will end up playing out, perhaps only with a few hours of delay, but the usual residents of the Fiserv Forum thus wanted mark the occasion, three days after the terrible fate of Jacob Blake, in Wisconsin.
Three months after George Floyd
This 29-year-old African-American was the new victim of intolerable police violence in the United States, against a background of racism obviously. The victim received seven bullets in the back, fired by sworn members of the police, while he was getting into his vehicle. This father of three children should, at best, remain paralyzed for life … It is therefore a new wave of indignation and anger that shakes the country of Uncle Sam, and inevitably the black community, only three months after the tragic death of George Floyd, asphyxiated during a police check. The Milwaukee Bucks therefore wanted to make a strong and striking gesture in return, and the meeting between the Bolton Celtics and the Toronto Raptors, scheduled for the night of Thursday to Friday, could be struck with the same seal of disgust.
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