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Sport Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks march with Milwaukee protesters: 'We want change. We want justice'

07:55  07 june  2020
07:55  07 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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" We want change ," Antetokounmpo said in address to other protestors . The Bucks also announced Saturday they will lead a protest march in support of social justice on Sunday, with players, coaches, ownership, management and staff all expected to take part.

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The protest marches against police brutality and racial injustice in Milwaukee added some star power on Saturday evening.

Several Milwaukee Bucks players, including reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, joined local activist Frank Nitty as protesters marched down 27th Street.

Antetokounmpo was joined by Bucks teammates Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo, Brook Lopez, Frank Mason and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis' brother.

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The group wore identical gray T-shirts with the slogan "I can't breathe" printed on the front. All the players wore masks and gloves due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

a group of people posing for the camera: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks teammates march with a protests Saturday in Milwaukee. © Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks teammates march with a protests Saturday in Milwaukee.

The Bucks players met the marchers as they crossed the 27th St. Bridge over Interstate 94. They arrived in U-Haul vans and handed out beverages and snacks.

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Antetokounmpo's girlfriend, Mariah Riddlesprigger, and their young son, Liam, also made an appearance.

"This is our city, man," Antetokounmpo said. "We got to come out here and support."

The crowd roared its approval.

"We want change, we want justice, and that's why we're out here," Antetokounmpo said. "That's what we're going to do today. That's why I'm going to march with you.

"I want my kid to grow up here in Milwaukee, and not to be scared to walk in the streets. I don't want my kid to have hate in his heart."

The players then marched behind Nitty.

Brown's participation in the march is particularly poignant. In January 2018, a group of Milwaukee Police Department officers took Brown to the ground, tased and arrested him after a parking violation at a Walgreens, prompting an internal investigation that ended with several officers suspended and others retrained. Brown was not charged in the incident. 

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Brown has filed a lawsuit against the city. He rejected a $400,000 settlement offer in October.

The Bucks haven't played since early March when the coronavirus prompted the suspension of the NBA season. On Friday, NBA players approved a plan to return to action in late July at Disney World in Orlando.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks march with Milwaukee protesters: 'We want change. We want justice'

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