MILWAUKEE – As protests continued in Milwaukee for the ninth consecutive day, crowds were joined by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sterling Brown, Brook Lopez and other members of the Milwaukee Bucks near 27 and Wisconsin on Saturday June 6.
The players joined the march around 5.30pm. and continued walking with the group for approximately 45 minutes. Each team member wore shirts that said “I can’t breathe” – words spoken by George Floyd while former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee against Floyd’s neck.
The group was led by Milwaukee activist Frank Nitty.
“(Giannis) wanted everyone to know that this was not a Bucks sanctioned event, but they came as individuals because this is our city and everyone is the same, the colors n ‘don’t matter, we should all be treated equally,’ said Nitty.
At one point, the players stopped to distribute water to the protesters.
Together, professional athletes and protesters are implementing the steps of a change they hope will happen. The spectators raised their fists out of solidarity.
The protest took place on the ninth day of what an organizer said could be a 200-day movement.
“50 years ago there was a housing demonstration here in Milwaukee and it lasted 200 days,” said Thomas Franecki, organizer of the demonstration. “Our goal as an organization and as a group together as we begin to form our largest coalition is to last this demonstration for 200 days. ”
Giannis’ brother Thanasis – who also played for the Bucks – was there as well as guards Donte DiVincenzo and Frank Mason III.