Bucks VP Alex Lasry Marched in Kenosha During Game 5 Win vs. Magic

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 29, 2020

Members of the Milwaukee Bucks join arms as they kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Orlando Magic Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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While the Milwaukee Bucks were taking part in their 118-104 playoff win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry was participating in a march demanding justice for Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot seven times in the back by police trying to detain him in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Alex Lasry @AlexanderLasry

Marching for Justice in Kenosha today. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforJacob https://t.co/Sw7mFD2wvb

The Bucks were at the forefront of recent professional sports protests against systemic racism and police brutality this week after the police shooting of Blake, which occurred roughly 40 miles from Milwaukee.

The team decided against taking the court for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic, which was initially scheduled for Wednesday. Bucks players then made a statement as a team explaining their decision.

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks

Full statement from the Milwaukee Bucks: https://t.co/jjGEyVcCmB

Lasry and other members of the Bucks' front office praised the players' stand:

Alex Lasry @AlexanderLasry

Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks


Other NBA teams followed the Bucks' lead, and playoff games were put on pause until Saturday, when Milwaukee finished its series against Orlando with a 118-104 win.

MLB, the WNBA, NHL and MLS also postponed games in solidarity with NBA players' decisions.