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NBA-Bucks boycott playoff game to protest racial injustice

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The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their playoff series against Orlando Magic in protest over racial injustice, according to multiple reports.

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Aug 26 (Reuters) - The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their playoff series against Orlando Magic in protest over racial injustice, according to multiple reports.

The action comes on the heels of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.

"Myself and our players and our organization are very disturbed by what's happening in Kenosha," Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said earlier on Wednesday.

"It's a great challenge to have an appreciation and a desire for change and to want something different and better in Kenosha and Milwaukee and Wisconsin and then go out and play a game."

The Magic, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven, first-round series, left the court when it was clear the Bucks were not going to play.

The Athletic reported that the Bucks players were in the locker room attempting to reach Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul. Citing sources, the online publication said the Magic would not accept a forfeit of the game.

The report added that the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder were also planning to boycott their Game 5, which was scheduled to be played later on Wednesday.

The Bucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles and Frank Pingue in Toronto, Editing by Franklin Paul) ((Rory.Carroll@thomsonreuters.com; 503-830-8017;)) Keywords: GLOBAL RACE/USA WISCONSIN NBA (UPDATE 2)

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