LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their NBA playoff game against the Orlando Magic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ESPN reported.
The Magic were on the court, warming up, but the Bucks remained in their locker room.
ESPN reported that Orlando’s players left the court with less than four minutes to go before the scheduled 4 p.m. tip-off.
All three games scheduled for Wednesday were canceled.
Blake, 29, was shot seven times, suffering wounds that severed his spinal cord. He was also shot in the stomach.
Blake had to have his colon and small intestine removed during surgery and had damage to his kidney and liver.
His injuries left him paralyzed from the waist down.
In recent days, players had discussed boycotting the game.
The Magic provided Channel 9 with the following statement:
“Today we stand united with the NBA Office, the National Basketball Players Association, the Milwaukee Bucks and the rest of the league condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color.”
The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angels Clippers voted to boycott the rest of the season.
The Magic and the Bucks voted to keep playing.
The NBA Board of Governors is meeting Thursday to discuss what will come next.
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