Bucks, Pistons Kneel in Protest After Opening Tip

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The Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons united in protest at the start of Wednesday night's NBA game in Milwaukee, with each team taking a knee on the court immediately following the opening tip-off.

As reported by Sports Illustrated, the Bucks won the tip and then kneeled before throwing the ball out of bounds, and the Pistons returned the gesture on the following possession. Multiple NBA teams elected to take a knew prior to games Wednesday.

The demonstration at Fiserv Forum came hours after a violent breach of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. by supporters of President Donald Trump who sought to disrupt Congress members as they met to formally certify Joe Biden's election victory. A day earlier, a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file charges against the police officer who shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, leaving him paralyzed. The shooting, which took place 40 miles south of Milwaukee in Kenosha, Wis., drew league-wide response from players, and particularly from the Bucks organization, which issued the following statement Wednesday.

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