Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden applauded Bucks players on Wednesday for boycotting their playoff game against the Magic.
Milwaukee's decision to sit out Game 5 of its first-round series in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wis., prompted the NBA to announce the postponement of three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday night. Biden, who accepted his party's nomination last week during the Democratic National Convention, tweeted out his support for the team.
This moment demands moral leadership. And these players answered by standing up, speaking out, and using their platform for good.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 27, 2020
Now is not the time for silence. https://t.co/hF3dIb7Hde
"This moment demands moral leadership," Biden said. "And these players answered by standing up, speaking out, and using their platform for good. Now is not the time for silence."
Biden's tweet included a statement from Bucks players which called for the Wisconsin State Legislature to "take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform."
"Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we've 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 protestors," the statement read, in part. "Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball."
Former President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president for two terms, also offered his praise for the Bucks as well as Doc Rivers. The Clippers coach spoke passionately about racial injustice and police brutality Tuesday night following his team's Game 5 win over the Mavericks. Obama shared a video of Rivers' postgame comments.
I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values. pic.twitter.com/rUGETgAt7P— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 27, 2020
"I commend the players on the Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like Doc Rivers, and the NBA and WNBA for setting an example," Obama said. "It's going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values."
President Donald Trump, who will formally accept the Republican Party's nomination for reelection on Thursday, has not tweeted about the boycotts.