Giannis Antetokounmpo revealed to the press how the walkout decision came about after the brutal shooting of Jacob Blake.
Three days of no play was the damage dealt by the walkout decision of the Milwaukee Bucks. Was it worth it? It seems like it, considering that the NBA is back in action after a slight season cancellation scare.
So how does the league move forward after what the players showed what they were capable of doing? The answer is more action and more causes for racial injustice. Therefore, it can be concluded that the boycott decision of Bucks was well worth it. The league and the entire world was told that Black Lives Matter.
Giannis Antetokounmpo shares the decision process
Three days ago the league announced the suspended Game 5 between the Bucks and the Magic. The Giannis-led team refused to step out of their locker room to play. They wanted to attract attention, and so they did. Giannis told the press that the decision was brought about by the refusal of George Hill and Sterling Brown Jr. to play.
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Hill has always been vocal about his stance against the bubble. He feels that the bubble is taking away the attention from what’s supposed to be talked about in the press. As such, Hill said,
“Coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are. 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”
Giannis has to support his teammates. He was the one who approached head coach Mike Budenholzer about the looming boycott. Fortunately, Budenholzer was gracious enough to acknowledge the situation. As a result, he allowed his players not to play. It then took on a form on its own as the succeeding games were also postponed.
Giannis fears for his newborn son’s future
Antetokounmpo is a rookie dad, and he shared with the press how he feels about the lives of people of colored skin in Greece. He said about his life in his home country,
“Walking down the street, I was never scared that something might happen to me.”
He then added how life is very difficult for black people in the United States. He said,
“People are scared to walk in the street because of the color of their skin. … I just became a dad a few months ago, and I had a conversation with my girlfriend. It’s scary. It’s scary to raise a son here and have a family”
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