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Wearing Jacob Blake’s name on his helmet, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders performs a workout Thursday during practice at his team’s NFL football training camp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie, La. David Grunfeld / The Advocate / Pool / AP

Update 1626 GMT (0026 HKT) August 28, 2020

Wearing Jacob Blake’s name on his helmet, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders performs a workout Thursday during practice at his team’s NFL football training camp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie, La.

David Grunfeld / The Advocate / Pool / AP

Since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody in May, many athletes and sports leagues have supported the protest movement calling for change.

The latest development came on Wednesday when the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. The Bucks were responding to the recent police shootout on Jacob Blake, which occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about 40 miles from Milwaukee.

“The past four months have brought to light the current racial injustices facing our African American communities,” the Bucks players said in a statement. “Citizens across the country have used their voices and their platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings.

The NBA then postponed its three playoff games on Wednesday, and other leagues followed suit: WNBA, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer all canceled games. The NBA and WNBA also postponed their games on Thursday, as did the NHL and some baseball teams.

Since the NBA restarted its season, the words “Black Lives Matter” have been prominently displayed on his court and players sported social justice messages on the back of their jerseys. But these are not the only athletes to have taken a stand.

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