The Bucks refused to play on Wednesday following the police shooting of Jacob Blake and their decision had a flow-on effect in the NBA and professional sports in the United States.
Amid protests against police brutality and racial inequality, NBA games scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were postponed, while there were also strikes in MLB, NHL, MLS and tennis tournament the Western & Southern Open.
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks returned to action on Saturday, defeating the Orlando Magic 118-104 in Game 5 to seal a 4-1 series victory in Orlando, Florida.
Asked how the decision to skip Wednesday’s game came about, reigning MVP Antetokounmpo told reporters: “I saw George [Hill] and Sterling [Brown]. George decided not to play the game, and he didn’t put pressure to none of his team-mates. Not me. Not the coach”.
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