On Wednesday evening, North American esports organization FlyQuest showed support for the professional basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks. The NBA team has recently made headlines for standing up against police brutality following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. As a response to the controversy surrounding the shooting, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. Shortly after, the NBA postponed Game 5 of three different series.
As racial tensions the team’s home state of Wisconsin continued to grow, recent events have caused a spiral of protests in the past few days. The situation that sparked the team’s actions involved Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, and police officer Rusten Sheskey. On a video captured by witnesses, Sheskey shot Blake eight times, which eventually paralyzed him from the waist down. Other officers were also at the scene.
In an official statement, the players demanded justice for Blake, and for the officers to be held accountable.
We support our sister organization, their players, and staff in the fight against racial injustice in our communities. https://t.co/KRuttIMJ5s
— SeaQuest (@FlyQuest) August 27, 2020
FlyQuest shows support
As the team shared a statement on its official Twitter page, FlyQuest showed support over the boycott. “We support our sister organization, their players, and staff in the fight against racial injustice in our communities.”
In the esports community, FlyQuest, launched by the Milwaukee Bucks’ co-owner Wesley Edens, is also known to fight for inequality and humanitarian issues. Recently, along with other esports organizations, the team shared its thoughts regarding the shooting of George Floyd. In the statement, it says “We can advocate for change without succumbing to evil,” followed by “RIP George Floyd, we will not let your death be in vain.”
As a response to FlyQuest’s public support over the Milwaukee Bucks’ boycott, fans show an overwhelming amount of approval. FlyQuest CEO, Trisha Sugita, showed positive interaction by liking the fans’ comments. Some fans shared they weren’t even aware of how close both teams were, even though they’re in different industries.
— Santos DeBarros (@SantosDB) August 27, 2020
im not even gonna lie i didnt know you guys were partnered with the Milwaukee Bucks but props to you guys for supporting their stance
— lululu xd (@fuumang) August 27, 2020
As FlyQuest continues to voice its opinions on societal matters, other esports organizations may follow suit and show support for Jacob Blake like how they did with George Floyd.