The Milwaukee Bucks put on an endurance extravaganza as part of their Pride Night festivities on Wednesday, with the event taking place at halftime of their game against the Denver Nuggets at the Fiserv Forum.

Fans who attended the game were able to purchase a ticket package for which they received a «Bucks Pride» scarf and hat to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. The Bucks also exhibited those who identify those in the community.

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The drag show drew mixed reviews on social media and sparked debate among some NBA fans and critics from those who were concerned about children in the stands at halftime.

In addition to Pride celebrations, Fiserv Forum announced Tuesday that it has joined the Safe Place initiative and that the Milwaukee Police Department has marked it as a «safe space for underrepresented members of our community, including the LGBTQIA+ community, to call to the police and ask for help.

Bucks players also appeared in a video to tell fans why it’s important to welcome everyone back to sports.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), guard Joe Ingles, gives a high-five during the second half at the Fiserv Forum on January 25, 2023, in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), guard Joe Ingles, gives a high-five during the second half at the Fiserv Forum on January 25, 2023, in Milwaukee.
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«The power of sports can unite everyone. It doesn’t matter your gender. It doesn’t matter your ethnicity. It doesn’t matter your political views, and it definitely doesn’t matter your sexual identity,» Bucks guard Pat said. Connaughton said in a video posted on social media before the game.

Joe Ingles added that it was important to «the fans, the athletes and everyone in this world to make sporting events and any event for the LGBTQ community more accessible and welcoming.»

Milwaukee won the game, 107-99.

There didn’t appear to be any controversy from players about the Pride Night festivities.

The Milwaukee Bucks put on an endurance extravaganza as part of their Pride Night festivities on Wednesday, with the event taking place at halftime of their game against the Denver Nuggets at the Fiserv Forum.

The Milwaukee Bucks put on an endurance extravaganza as part of their Pride Night festivities on Wednesday, with the event taking place at halftime of their game against the Denver Nuggets at the Fiserv Forum.
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In the NHL, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov has sparked major controversy since he decided to opt out of wearing a Pride warm-up jersey before a game last week.