MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer said the organization would “continue to fight for the better” following Friday’s grand jury verdict that Kyle Rittenhouse shot dead two men and wounded another. during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, was acquitted of all charges.
The Bucks carried out a feral cat attack during the NBA playoff bubble in Orlando, days after a white cop shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in August 2020 and a day after Rittenhouse shot three people in a protest over police violence that followed.
Budenholzer anticipates having a chat with the team ahead of Friday’s game with Oklahoma City Thunder.
“Still trying to push better in our country,” Budenholzer said before the game. “Hope for improvement. Organizationally, just keep fighting for social justice, for better. But at the same time, have to obey the jury and the decision and the verdict and keep fighting. fight for the better.”
Rittenhouse has been charged with murder, attempted murder and reckless endangerment after killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28, with a semi-automatic rifle AR-style action during a night of riotous protests.
Rittenhouse – who was white, as were the people he was shot – begged for self-defense. He could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious offences, first-degree murder or what some other states define as first-degree murder.
The anonymous jury, whose racial makeup was not disclosed by the court but appeared to be overwhelmingly white, deliberated for nearly three and a half days.
In January, Bucks and Detroit Pistons each knelt on the field for seven seconds after the ball rolled and then rolled out of bounds, following a Wisconsin prosecutor’s decision not to file charges against Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey for shooting Blake. The number of seconds matched the number of times Blake was shot.
Budenholzer did not elaborate on the extent to which the Bucks watched the Rittenhouse trial this week.
“It obviously has a very strong connection to the Jacob Blake case and a connection to everything that happened while we were in Orlando during the bubble,” said Budenholzer.
Budenholzer’s comments about promoting better were echoed by coaches around the league ahead of Friday’s run.
The police presence has been beefed up outside the Barclays Center in the event of a possible protest in Brooklyn.
“Obviously these situations are disappointing and it’s important not to become dismayed and let people continue to fight for the kind of justice and equality that serves all,” Nets Coach Steve Nash said. “While I think it raised a lot of questions, a lot of questions, a lot of pain, we realized there had to be a way forward.
“It can’t be,” this is just the way it is,” and so I think the movement we’ve been through is, in one way or another, driving change. Even if you can’t seeing that change on a daily or even yearly basis, over time, without that care and will to fight together for a brighter future, I think there will be no change and The most important thing is in the germ of change. So I think these are always opportunities for us to look in the mirror.”
Warrior Coach Steve Kerr expressed his concerns about gun laws ahead of Golden State’s game in Detroit on Friday.
Rittenhouse, 17, traveling from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, has also been charged by a person under 18 with possession of a dangerous weapon, a misdemeanor that appears likely to lead to conviction. But the judge brought that allegation before a jury deliberation after the defense argued that Wisconsin law did not apply to the long-barreled rifle Rittenhouse used.
“The fact that we seem to agree with a teenager’s right to bring an AR-15 into an area with civil unrest is really scary and unsettling,” Kerr said. “This is where we have gun laws. This is why we have to have safer gun laws to protect ourselves, to protect each other.
“It’s not a shocking ruling, but one that poses great risk in the future if we continue down this path of openness and the statement identifies that people that people can bring , even the underage, weapons of war. This is America. Walking a dangerous path.”
Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Ohm Youngmisuk and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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