Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Playoff Game To Protest Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted Game 5 of their playoff series on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic as a way to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by police Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The boycott follows two nights of violent protests in Kenosha, including two shooting deaths on Tuesday night.

The Orlando Magic players were warming up before the scheduled 4 p.m. tipoff, and the Bucks players were never seen. A few minutes before tipoff, the referees left the court in an apparent attempt to get the Bucks to the floor. Then, the Magic players followed suit. When the clock read 0:00 to end pregame warmups and start the game, no players or referees were present.

The Magic refused to accept a win by forfeit, according to one report.

NBA executives were seen outside the Bucks' locker room, and the Bucks were trying to reach the Wisconsin attorney general's office.

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Members of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics kneel around a Black Lives Matter logo before the start of an NBA basketball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

Kenosha is located about 45 minutes south of Milwaukee, and the Bucks players have already spoken out about injustice and police brutality

"We're tired of the killings and the injustice," Bucks guard George Hill said in a story by The Undefeated.

The Bucks finished the COVID-shortened regular season as the No. 1 team from the NBA's Eastern Conference, and they have been picked as one of the favorites to make the NBA Finals.

The Bucks led the No. 8-seeded Magic, 3-1, in the best-of-7 series, being played at the ESPN Wide World of SPorts Complex at the Walt Disney Resort near Orlando. All NBA regular-season and playoff games in the restart from the COVID-19 postponement have been played there.

There was a video of the shooting that surfaced Sunday night on social media. It shows Blake walking from the passenger side of a grey sport van, and then walking around the front of the vehicle and trying to enter the driver's side. A police officer is shown grabbing the back of the Blake's shirt and pulling him back from entering the car. Then, seven loud pops can be heard.

Blake was taken to a local hospital, where he had surgery. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.

On Monday, there were violent protests, with rioters setting businesses on fire, including car lots. On Tuesday night, there were more protests, and a 17-year-old was eventually arrested for allegedly shooting two people to death and injuring another.

More protests are expected this week, and President Donald Trump said he would send federal agents to Wisconsin to help law enforcement protect the city.

Alex Lasry, the senior vice president of the Bucks told Axios, "Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we're fed up. ... I'm incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change."

Shams Charania, who covers the NBA for The Athletic, said the Bucks were attempting to reach the Wisconsin attorney general's office, and that the Magic would not accept a forfeit win because of the Bucks boycotting the game.