Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a policeman Sheskey rest Sunday in Kenosha, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sparking new manifestations on racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
Blake survived the shooting, but is now paralyzed from the waist down, according to his father.
The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their National Basketball Association (NBA) playoff against Orlando Magic on Wednesday by failing to show up on the field for their pre-game practice session in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World, in Florida.
The boycott of the team was confirmed when Buck’s senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted, “Some things are bigger than basketball. The position taken today by the players and the organization shows that we have had enough. Enough is enough. Change must happen. .
“I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we are 100% behind our players ready to help and make a real change. ”
In a statement, the NBA said, “In light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision not to speak today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games… have been postponed. The fifth game of each series will be postponed. ”
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Major League Baseball (MLB) game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday has also been postponed following the shooting, as has the game between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. the same day.
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The Brewers tweeted, “With our community and nation in such pain, we wanted to bring so much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression. ”
Dee Gordon of the Seattle Mariners, who has the most black players in the MLB, tweeted that the team voted unanimously to boycott the game on Wednesday, in hopes that people would “focus on things more. important than the sports going on ”.
Instead of looking at us, we hope people will focus on the things more important than the sports that are happening.
– Dee Strange-Gordon
– Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) August 26, 2020
Five Major League Soccer games, due to be played on Wednesday, have also been postponed, amid protests in the United States.
Elsewhere, Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has announced that she has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in New York City due to the shooting, just hours after reaching the semi-finals of the competition.
In a statement, Osaka wrote, “As a black woman, I feel like there are much more important issues at hand that require immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.
“Watching the continued black genocide at the hands of the police honestly makes my stomach ache… when will that ever be enough?” “