August 26, 2020
BY Lance Cartelli

Milwaukee Bucks Strike, Refuse to Play Game 5 in Protest of Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks players have decided to boycott Game 5 of their series against the Orlando Magic in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake, according to the Athletic and ESPN. 

According to the report, Bucks players did not take the court prior to the scheduled game, while the Magic players did. The Athletic adds that Magic players wanted to play, but the Bucks decided as a team to go on strike. To their credit, the Magic reportedly won't accept a forfeit from the Bucks. 

The two other playoff games were postponed and will be rescheduled, says the NBA. 

The Raptors and Celtics have reportedly discussed boycotting the first game of their second-round series. 

Fellow NBA players were in support of the Bucks' decision — including a strongly-worded tweet from LeBron James

In the NFL, the Lions canceled practice Tuesday. But this is an unprecedented and historic step by Bucks players to go on strike for a playoff game with real implications and money at stake. 

The Bucks lead the first-round series, 3-1. 

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