Posted on November 14, 2021

Biden Commends Milwaukee Bucks for Protesting Jacob Blake Shooting

Brenda Alexander, The Grio, November 9, 2021

The Milwaukee Bucks recently received major props from the commander in chief, President Joe Biden.

During an NBA championship visit to The White House on Monday, which makes them the first NBA team to visit since 2016, President Biden praised the team for taking a stand amid uproar over Jacob Blake’s shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.

“That’s the power of a team and not just winning a title,” President Biden told the Bucks, Mediaite reports. “Last year as a team, you took a stand for justice and peace in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting in Kenosha, WI. And you’ve gotten people engaged. It really mattered. I remember calling your coach [and praising that].”


The Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their first-round playoff series in support of Blake {snip} Other NBA teams followed suit, sparking additional boycotts throughout the league.


In August 2020, Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake during a domestic disturbance and left him paralyzed from the waist down. In October, the Associated Press reported that after investigating, Wisconsin prosecutors decided not to file charges against Sheskey. Per the prosecution, a video showed that Blake was armed with a knife.