After making the first decision to sit out the NBA playoffs, risking potential forfeit of Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, the Milwaukee Bucks convened as a team in front of media in the Orlando bubble to give a statement that was read by Sterling Brown and George Hill. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports documented:
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The statement concluded:
When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort, and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard and in this moment we are demanding the same of lawmakers and law enforcement. We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officer be held accountable. For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin state legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform. We encourage all citizens to educate themselves, take peaceful and responsible action, and remember to vote November 3rd.
From a basketball perspective, the prevailing question becomes when play will resume again. The Bucks players are presenting issues that are highly unlikely to get resolved on an immediate time horizon. Even if the Wisconsin legislature does reconvene, Democrats and Republicans in the state have a particularly rancorous relationship and it’s difficult to envision something satisfactory to Bucks players coming together quickly.