Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Bucks’ George Hill Questions Entire Bubble Season After Jacob Blake Shooting: ‘We’re Playing … Like It’s Nothing’

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George Hill during a postgame press conference on Aug. 24, 2020

*A win over the Orlando Magic to take a 3-1 series lead in the playoffs was of zero importance to Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill after the game, because another Black man had been shot by police. This time, in his team’s home state. It was enough for him to consider blowing off the entire COVID-affected season.

“Watching stuff that happened in Wisconsin the other day really breaks my heart. We’re down here playing the bubble to do these things for social justice and all that, and to see it all still going on and we’re just playing the games like it’s nothing, it’s just a really messed up situation right now,” Hill said in postgame comments.

Jacob Blake, 29, is currently hospitalized after being shot by a Kenosha, Wis. police officer seven times in the back as his three children reportedly watched.

When asked a basketball question, Hill replied, “I don’t think we should be talking about basketball today. We should talk about the Blake family and what’s going on. It’s devastating and basketball shouldn’t even be on our mind right now. We’re thankful for the win, but none of this really matters.”

Hill even questioned why the NBA is bothering to have a season amid so much injustice in Black communities.

“First of all, we shouldn’t even have came to this damn place to be honest,” Hill said. “Coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are. But we’re here. It is what it is. We can’t do anything from right here. But definitely when it’s all settled, some things need to be done. This world has to change. Our police department has to change. Us a society has to change. Right now, we’re not seeing any of that. Lives are being taken as we speak day in and day out. There’s no consequence or accountability for it. That’s what has to change.”

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