In response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, and the Kenosha Police Department giving armed white supremacists free reign in the city, the Milwaukee Bucks as a team refused to take the floor for game 5 of their first round playoff series against the Orlando Magic. The Magic, left the floor, too, refusing to accept a win by forfeit. The NBA quickly announced all three games scheduled would be postponed.
Reacting to the league’s phrasing, Lebron James was quick to point out this is not a postponement, but direct action by players. Players have been expressing misgivings about restarting the season since before the Bubble in Orlanda even started. Statements of frustration at the general lack of progress have been more and more frequent, with Doc Rivers, coach of the Clippers, giving an impassioned response, stating plainly “We keep loving this country and this country doesn’t love us back.” ESPN has the Bucks players’ statement, as well as a collection of statements over the last several days from other players.
The Milwaukee Bucks Players’ Strike Instantly Seems Like It Was Inevitable
The Bucks Aren’t Boycotting. They’re Striking. (discussion of the CBA clause that forbids striking)
The Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants also decided to sit out their schedule games in a show of solidarity.