I was alerted to this story when listening to Mark Belling this afternoon.
Once again, the Milwaukee Bucks have shown a lack of respect for the community, law enforcement, and the military.
At the game on October 26, 2016, a guy singing the national anthem plastered his guitar with "Black Lives Matter" lettering, while the color guard, including police officers, stood by.
Here's the photo from the Milwaukee Bucks official website:
According to Belling, the photo was on the home page of the Bucks site earlier today. Now, it can be found in a photo gallery on the site.
NOTE: The photo is no longer included in the gallery on the Bucks site. Here's what the Bucks are using as an image for the national anthem:
This photo was originally included in the gallery, along with the BLM protest image, the one chosen by the Bucks for their home page.
Clearly, the Bucks endorsed the Black Lives Matter protest or they wouldn't have put the guy's photo front and center in the first place.
The Bucks permitted the game to become a forum for an anti-police protest, something they continued to support on the website the following day.
I suppose this should come as no surprise given the views of Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin.
“Very bluntly, Milwaukee is the most segregated, racist place I’ve ever experienced in my life," Feigin was quoted as saying. "It just is a place that is antiquated. It is in desperate need of repair and has happened for a long, long time. One of our messages and one of our goals is to lead by example.”
Is this protest during our national anthem what Feigin considers "leading by example"?
I guess it is. The racists in Milwaukee need a little in-your-face awareness raising. Apparently, dissing the police is one of the Bucks' messages.
And my tax dollars are supporting their new arena?
The Bucks need to issue an unequivocal apology to the community, particularly law enforcement.
Chris Porterfield brings Black Lives Matter message to center court at Bucks opener
Milwaukee Record: In today’s climate, that took some bravery to make such a statement while performing the anthem. Did you give the Bucks a heads-up ahead of time?
Christopher Porterfield: The Bucks did not know ahead of time, but I did intentionally show up at soundcheck in the afternoon with that guitar and that sweatshirt. No one said anything to me, one way or the other. Even after it was over, no one from the Bucks organization said anything. But they deserve thanks and praise and respect for allowing me to express the message.
The Bucks claim they didn't know about the protest, but Porterfield describes a situation in which they did, saying he intentionally showed up at the soundcheck "with that guitar and that sweatshirt."
Someone is being deceptive here.
Given the public's reaction, the Bucks would have more incentive to attempt to rewrite the truth in this situation.