The basketball players of Milwaukee Bucks have decided not to play the fifth game in play-off series against Orlando Magic. The game was to be finished Wednesday-evening at ten o’clock (Dutch time), but the players stayed in the locker room.
The Bucks refused to take action in protest against police violence in the United States. Last Sunday Jacob Blake, a black man from Kenosha in the American state of Wisconsin, was shot by the police.
“We’re tired of murder and injustice”, Bucks player George Hill explained the remarkable decision. Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin.
When it became clear that there would be no basketball, Orlando, who has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, left the field. Subsequently, the NBA also decided to cancel Wednesday’s two other games in the play-offs (Houston Rockets- Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers)