Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams is standing in solidarity with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jacob Blake and the rest of the league.
The Bucks decided to boycott their Game 5 against the Magic in protest of the shooting of Blake in Wisconsin. Milwaukee was supposed to forfeit the game, but Orlando also followed suit and decided to not play — insisting they won't accept the East top seeds forfeiting the game.
While MCW admitted they were not given a heads up about the decision prior to to the game, the message stands nonetheless and they fully support the Bucks for taking a stand and sending a strong message.
Orlando guard Michael Carter-Williams’ reaction to the Milwaukee Bucks boycotting the game against the Magic:
“We weren’t given advanced notice about the decision but we are happy to stand in solidarity with Milwaukee, Jacob, and the entire NBA community.”
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 26, 2020
The Bucks' decision has also escalated to the league ultimately postponing all three games that were supposedly set to play on Wednesday, with the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder all deciding to similarly boycott.
The Lakers and Trail Blazers are sitting Game 5 of series, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
All three NBA games will not be played as players sit in wake of Jacob Blake shooting.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 26, 2020
As mentioned, the said protest from the Bucks, Magic and the rest of the NBA came in the heels of the recent Jacob Blake shooting at Kenosha, Wisconsin. The latest incident of police brutality in the U.S. has pushed players to take a stand and send a message against racism and social injustices — which is the main reason why they decided to play in the first place.
Players will meet at 8 pm tonight to discuss how to proceed, sources told @SInow. Said one veteran player, "The season is in jeopardy."
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) August 26, 2020
Recent and upcoming decisions by the players may also possibly dictate the future of the league, as there have been reports that the season is in jeopardy. The players will discuss their next steps later on Wednesday, so it remains to be seen if the playoffs will push through.