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Bucks, Brewers players react to boycotting games over police brutality: 'We are demanding the same from lawmakers, and law enforcement'

Posted at 11:25 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 00:25:41-04

MILWAUKEE — Bucks and Brewers players and coaches are reacting after both teams boycotted their games Wednesday over the police shooting ofJacob Blake.

At 3 o'clock, the game clock in Orlando wound down and hit zero. And the Bucks, made history - nowhere, to be found.

When they emerged from their locker room? George Hill and Sterling Brown spoke for the players.

"When we take the court, and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin? We are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort, and hold each other accountable," George Hill says. "We hold ourselves to that standard. And in this moment? We are demanding the same from lawmakers, and law enforcement."

"Despite the overwhelming plea for change? There has been no action. So, our focus today can not be on basketball."

In an afternoon meeting, the Brewers joined their fellow Milwaukee pro franchise, postponing their game tonight at Miller Park against the Cincinnati Reds.

"It's very painful, you know. It's heartbreaking. It's disheartening to continue to see things like this occur," Ryan Braun says.

"In the end, you hope we start to be an agent for change," Craig Counsell says.

"There's a lot of big time Christian believers in this clubhouse that just know that, I mean humanity has been falling for quite awhile," Brent Suter says.

"And if we choose to keep going down the path of bigotry, hatred. Coldheartedness. Stoneheartedness. It's going to lead to nowhere but destruction, so we need to turn that around."

And TMJ4 Main Sports Anchor Lance Allan asked Christian Yelich if he feels this could be, a historic moment.

"Potentially," Christian Yelich says. "I don't even know if we understand the broad scope of what this means. Hopefully it's using our platforms for good. And to inspire change."

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