Lake Buena Vista, United States, Aug 26 (efe-epa).- The NBA announced the postponement of the three first-round games of the playoffs, scheduled for Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play the fifth of its series againstOrlando Magic in protest of the incidents in Wisconsin.
The Bucks boycott also affects the Houston Rockets’ game against Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Bucks, the team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, unanimously decided not to appear in the game against Florida, and shortly afterward the solidarity reaction paralyzed the crucial day.
The programming began Wednesday, with the clash between Milwaukee and Orlando, whose series is led by Antetokounmpo’s team 3-1.
“We are tired of the murders and the injustice,” Bucks guard George Hill told ESPN television when explaining his team’s decision.
The Bucks, who were due to play Wednesday against the Magic at AdventHealth Arena, inside the NBA “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort, refused to leave their locker room before the game.
When it was time for the team to speak about 15 minutes before kickoff, as is customary in an NBA game, only the Orlando players, as well as the umpires, did.
At the moment, the date on which the postponed games will be played is not yet known.
The Bucks boycott came in protest at what happened in the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where last Sunday a policeman shot the African American Jacob Blake, 29, seven times in the back.
Blake was shot as he tried to enter the driver’s side door of his vehicle, which contained three of his children.
Blake remains in serious condition in hospital and could become a paraplegic.
Footage of the shooting circulated on social media.
During the protests unleashed by that incident, riots broke out on Tuesday night that left two dead and one injured, for which a 17-year-old has been arrested.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced on Wednesday the dispatch of federal agents who will join the National Guard in Kenosha to quell the race riots.
The Bucks Stadium is just over 50 miles from where the Kenosha police violence incident occurred. EFE-EPA