The Milwaukee Bucks shocked the NBA today, with one of the strongest social justice statements in sports history.
And one of their owners — a Westporter — stands 100% behind them.
The players stayed in their locker room, boycotting Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They also called for action by the Wisconsin legislature, in the wake of Sunday’s shooting of Jacob Blake in the back by Kenosha police.
The Bucks’ decision instantly transformed the playoffs. The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to boycott their games. The WNBA followed by postponing contests.
The action spread to Major League Baseball, when the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds decided not to play.
Marc Lasry — a billionaire businessman, hedge fund manager (and Westport resident) — is one of the Bucks’ owners.
He and his fellow owners said tonight:
We fully support our players and the decision they made. Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them.
The only way to bring out change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us. Our players have done that and we will continue to stand alongside them and demand accountability and change.
The Bucks’ action — and their owners’ strong support of their players — will reverberate through the sports and political worlds for years to come.