Bucks fans will have to stay home

Due to three separate firearm incidents on the streets of Milwaukee on Friday night, Bucks fans will not be able to gather in the streets on Sunday to cheer on their favorites, who will be in Boston as part of the ultimate game. of their series against the Boston Celtics.

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After Wisconsin’s 108-95 loss to tie the series, gunshots were heard just outside the “Deer District”, an entertainment district on the outskirts of Fiserv Forum. Moments later, a second firearm incident occurred nearby. Eventually, a shootout reportedly broke out between two groups.

“In order to allow the authorities to adequately pursue their investigation, we have decided to cancel the viewing”, is it possible to read, in a press release issued by the Bucks, who condemn the events that took place.

Nearly 11,000 people, the maximum capacity, showed up at the “Deer District”, not counting some 18,000 in the Bucks amphitheater.

“The safety, health and well-being of our fans and employees will always remain our priority and we appreciate the work done by our security teams to keep our fans safe.”

This cancellation therefore supports the measures put in place by the mayor of Milwaukee, Cavalier Johnson, who had not indicated that the viewing would be canceled, but who had rather imposed a curfew on people aged 20 and under. at 11 p.m. throughout the weekend, in addition to increasing the police presence in the streets.

An unacceptable situation

Three people were injured in the first event, one in the second and 17 in the third, but no one reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries. Moreover, 10 people were intercepted by the police and nine firearms were seized.

“What makes people believe that they can have a shooting on a public street or even in an entertainment district, regardless of whether the police are present or not?” Mentioned the assistant to the chief of police, Nicole Waldner, whose remarks were taken up by the ESPN network.

“We cannot have this kind of event in our city, or anywhere else in our state, or anywhere else in our country,” added the mayor of Milwaukee.

– The Bucks and Celtics will try to join the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday at TD Garden. The Milwaukee formation is also trying to defend its title of NBA champions acquired in 2021.