The Milwaukee Bucks led a number of teams in boycotting play Wednesday when they opted to sit out Game 5 of their best-of-seven series against the Orlando Magic in response to the Jacob Blake shooting.
Prior to the Bucks-Magic game, which was meant to begin at 4 p.m. ET, there had already been talk from members of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics that boycotting play could become an option.
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet told reporters on Tuesday that he “was pretty excited and then we all had to watch Jacob Blake get shot yesterday. That changes the tone of things… It’s just starting to feel like everything we’re doing is just going through the motions, nothing’s changing.”
Here are some of the reactions to the boycott across social media from other NBA players, personalities, and athletes.
WE DEMAND CHANGE! SALUTE @Bucks
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) August 26, 2020
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) August 26, 2020
Proud to be apart of this League… even more today ! WE WANT CHANGE
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 26, 2020
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) August 26, 2020
— John Wall (@JohnWall) August 26, 2020
— 13am Adebayo
Major statement by the NBA players I’m with it!
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 26, 2020
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 26, 2020
— Strombone (@strombone1) August 26, 2020
I’m moved by all the @NBA players for standing up for what is right. To my man @TheJetOnTNT I would like to say Thank you for what you did to show your support for the players. I am so proud of you. Keep getting in good trouble. @NBAonTNT @ESPNNBA @espn #NBAPlayoffs
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) August 26, 2020