by Justin Lyons
Playing their home games just 40 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, it’s safe to say that the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police literally hit close to home for the Bucks players.
The Orlando Magic originally took the court for their game, but they decided to leave when it appeared the Bucks weren’t coming. That court was now empty aside from the NBA logos, the regulation markings and “Black Lives Matter” in bold text across the side closest to the scorer’s table.
It was the spark that started the fire, as basketball wouldn’t be played again until Aug. 29.
Bucks guard George Hill was one of the most outspoken players on the team regarding the shooting of Jacob Blake, making it very clear that he couldn’t continue to play basketball to distract from the reality of what’s happening in the United States.
The Brewers, the Milwaukee baseball team that plays its home games just a short drive from where the Bucks play, also decided to cancel their Aug. 26 game against the Reds.
Brewers star Christian Yelich said it was a unanimous decision from the team to not play.
“I think the Bucks spearheaded it for us,” Yelich said. “They started the discussion. It gave us a conversation to have. It was eye-opening for us, and we felt like it was the right thing to do.”
The NHL also joined in the protests, postponing games Aug. 27 and Aug. 28.
Later on the night of Aug. 26, Shams Charania reported via Twitter that the Lakers and Clippers, both of which are still contenders for the title, voted to boycott the rest of the season. LeBron James reportedly led the movement to cancel the season, which is no surprise given his history of fighting for social justice.
Giannis Antetokounmpo said the Bucks were able to get in contact with Blake’s father very quickly. Blake’s father was moved to tears by the gesture.
According to an article from ESPN, Antetokounmpo said, “Obviously, it’s gonna be games that you come in and score 30, 35, 50 or whatever the case might be, but that you’re going to remember. The way we felt, we’re going to remember the way we felt for the rest of our lives.”
The Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday, which begs the question of how they will respond. Hill expressed disappointment that he had to be in the Orlando bubble instead of fighting for justice, so it should be interesting to see where the Bucks go from here.
Eyes are also shifting to the NFL, which starts Thursday. The entire nation will have its eyes on protests and social justice initiatives from a league that has been just as outspoken as the NBA.
The 2018 #NBA #AllStar Weekend will be in #LosAngeles, February 15th-19th. The world will be in Los Angeles and the world will be watching. Let’s show the world we can have a great time while still exuding compassion for humanity. There will be a series of Celebrity Charity Lifestyle Events. The purpose and objective of this All-Star Weekend Celebrity Charity Lifestyle Events are to bring awareness to homelessness in Los Angeles as we are asking every attending guest to bring a blanket, a coat/jacket, socks and hygiene products. The items will be donated to help assist one to four organizations that provide assistance to the homeless community.
Los Angeles is America’s homelessness capital. About 58,000 people in Los Angeles County experience homelessness on any given night. L.A. County is known for glamour and glitz, but if you look past the bright lights, you’ll see what angels see — men, women, and children of all ages that have lost their homes — and their hope….http://urm.org.
These Celebrity Charity Lifestyle Events will be during the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend here in Los Angeles, February, 15th-19th. The main-event will be on Thursday, February 15th at the Crocker Club 453 S. Spring Street/DTLA, 5P-8P: Happy Hour, 8P-10P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals and 8P-2A #PartyingForAPurpose. These events will bring awareness to the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles…
WELCOME TO LA Celebrity Charity Party, Thursday, February 15th, 5p
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The series of Celebrity Charity Lifestyle “Partying For A Purpose” events, dates and venues:
REP YO CITY Celebrity Charity Day Party, Friday 16th
4P-6P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals (The Parlor Hollywood 7250 Melrose Ave.)
Rush Street All-Star Saturday Night Celebrity Charity Party, February 17th
4P-530P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals
Cubans, Cocktails, Celebrities and Chicas Rooftop Party, February 17th
4P-530P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals
Rush Street Celebrity Day Brunch Party, 1P/All-Star Game Watch Party, 5P Sunday, February 18th
1P-3P & 4P-530P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals
Monday, February 19th
1P-5P Celebrities/volunteers/brand reps participation will meet at Culver City Plaza 9400 Washington Blvd. to drop off collected goods to one-four chosen non-profit organizations who provide goods and services to benefit the homeless.
Our Gratitude for Your Support.