The Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons rallied in protest at the start of Wednesday night’s game in Milwaukee, with each team kneeling on the court immediately after the first tipOf The Bucks earned the tip and then dropped to their knees before throwing the ball out of bounds, and the Pistons returned the gesture on the next possession.
The demonstration occurs on the same day that a violent violation of the United States Capitol took place in Washington DCOf The attack was led By supporters of President Trump attempting to unsettle members of Congress as they gathered to formally count voters who will make Joe Biden president on January 20.
A day earlier, a Wisconsin prosecutor had refused to press charges against a police officer who shot Jacob BlakeOf The shooting sparked a response from the entire league of players, and particularly from the Bucks organization.
Before Wednesday’s game, Bucks center Brook Lopez was asked if Blake’s decision made the team feel like their previous defense was in vain.
” It’s obviously disappointing, very discouraging,” Lopez saidOfBy Eric NEH from AthleticOf “I think it is a wrong decisionOf I don’t think everything we did as an organization ..Ofwas in vainOf I think i(way)ould be a wrong lesson to learn from thisOf We want to build on all the momentum we’ve gained thus far and keep pushing for reform and change because, as you can see, there is still a long way to goOf And even as frank as we were, as close as we were and are, we have a long way to go, but obviously together we can get thereOf It’s going to take a lot of work, bu(way)e can do itOf”
Speaking about the incident on Capitol Hill, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer described viewing the events as “very frustrating,” according to Stephen Watson oWinSN 12 News.
” It’s very, very unfortunate, very frustrating,” Budenholzer said before the gameOf “Like many things in our country, I think we hope i(way)ill be much better today, tonight, in the futureOfHopefully, maybe learning and growing in some strange and difficul(way)ay than is obviously very problematic It
Raptors coach Dwane Casey called the assault on the Capitol an “attack on our democracy first, plus hypocrisy It according to James Edwards III of Athletic.
” As a father, husband and human being ..Ofto see our house, the house of our people, to be robbed like that and robbed, whoever he is, I don’t know who he is, it is dangerous and a great attack on our democracy”, Casey said.
According to NBC’s Tom Winter, “Law enforcement made at least 15 arrests today in DC, including several people charged with assault and 4 people for possession of a weapon and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device It
On Tuesday, the Bucks issued a statement following Blake’s decision, promising continued support in the fight for underserved communities.
” The Bucks organization stands firm against the excessive use of force By law enforcement,” the statement saidOf “Last year shed light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African Americans and other underserved communities ..Of As an organization, we remain firmly committed to addressing issues of social injustice and anti-racism and bringing about meaningful change for African Americans and all underserved membersOfof our communityOf”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.