Sterling Brown, George Hill, and the Milwaukee Bucks came out with powerful statements.
The Milwaukee Bucks spent the early part of the day gearing up for their Game 5 matchup against a plucky Orlando Magic side, but that game, in addition to the two other games scheduled to transpire today, was postponed after the Bucks boycotted following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The team has finally explained themselves in a short, albeit powerful, statement.
The team, led by guards Sterling Brown and George Hill, read out a statement in which they condemned the actions of the Kenosha police while advocating for accountability within that police department.
The Bucks are uniquely qualified to speak out on Blake’s shooting.
The Bucks, by virtue of being the team located in the same state Blake was shot in, have a unique perspective to offer. Brown himself empathizes with Blake, as he was taken to the ground, kneeled on, and tased over a parking violation way back in 2018, though the officer who assaulted Brown no longer has his job. Hill, one of the veteran leaders on the Bucks team, gave their statement a respected, eloquent voice to help orate the feelings of a frustrated Bucks locker room.
Players around the league are meeting to discuss their next steps. With both the “social justice should come before entertainment” and “the league can effect change and finish the season” camps making valid points, the NBA season is now hanging on by a thread.
Basketball has once again become secondary in this country, as the Bucks have shown that social justice, in their eyes, is more important than winning a championship. While this might generate a mixed response from the league and a small minority of NBA fans, Milwaukee declared in an emphatic manner that they have no interest in appeasing those two parties, as they are more concerned with standing on principle and fighting for what they think is right.