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Bucks’ George Hill declares ‘we shouldn’t have even came to this damn place’ after Jacob Blake shooting

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In the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Genosha, Wisconsin, by police officers on Sunday night, Milwaukee Bucks point guard George Hill expressed his outrage at yet another instance of police brutality against an unarmed Black American—and his own feelings of helplessness while stuck in the NBA bubble in Orlando.

“We can’t do anything,” Hill said when asked about what he and the Bucks can do in response to the shooting in their home state. “First of all, we shouldn’t have even came to this damn place, to be honest.”

“Coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are,” Hill opined. “But we’re here. It is what it is. We can’t do anything from right here. But definitely when it’s all settled, some things need to be done.”

Hill seemed to question the importance of basketball and the impact the NBA players can have while they finish the 2019-20 season in Florida. “We’re down here playing in the bubble to do these things for social justice and all that, and to see it all still going on and we’re just playing the games like it’s nothing, it’s just a really messed up situation right now,” Hill said.

Blake was shot at least seven times in the back by police officers as he approached a parked car that included his three sons. Since footage of the incident circulated, other members of the NBA community joined Hill in sharing anger and condolences.

“This world has to change. Our police department has to change,” Hill added. “Us as society has to change. Right now, we’re not seeing any of that. Lives are being taken as we speak day in and day out. There’s no consequence or accountability for it. That’s what has to change.”

Blake’s shooting comes almost exactly three months after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Blake is reportedly in stable condition at a Milwaukee hospital.

The Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic, 121-106, to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round series on Monday.