(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) postponed all three playoff games on Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their series against the Orlando Magic to protest racial injustice, triggering similar moves across other sports. The action by the Wisconsin-based team follows the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the city of Kenosha, also in Wisconsin, on Sunday. Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the Women’s NBA also postponed games, while two-times tennis Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka joined the protests by pulling out of a tournament after reaching the semi-finals. The Bucks players said in a statement they were unable to focus on basketball due to the events in Kenosha. “Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin we have seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha and the additional shooting of protesters,” they said. “Despite the overwhelming plea for change there has been no action so our focus today cannot be on basketball.” Related Coverage Report: James, Leonard push for boycott of remaining games Factbox: Sporting events affected by player protests after Jacob Blake shooting… Read full this story
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