“Given the pain in communities in Wisconsin and beyond following the Jacob Blake shooting, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight,” Major League Baseball said in a statement. communicated. “Major League Baseball stands united for change in our society and we will be allies in the fight to end racism and injustice. ”
The Mariners have the most black players of any MLB team, and second baseman Dee Gordon shared his thoughts on the postponement on Twitter.
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
The Brewers-Reds game has been postponed after the Brewers meeting following the postponement of three NBA playoff games earlier today. Milwaukee Bucks players declined to speak to protest the shooting.
“The Brewers and Reds players have decided not to play tonight’s baseball game,” players from both teams said in a joint statement. “With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to bring so much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression. ”
Ryan Braun, of Milwaukee, said the Bucks move prompted the Brewers to act.
“It motivated us. … At a certain point, actions speak louder than words, ”Braun said on a video conference. “Because it happened so close to home, it hits us differently from other teams. ”
Braun said the team’s intention was to continue the season as planned, but “it was our top priority today”.
Blake, a black man, was shot seven times by police on Sunday. Blake was shot while attempting to enter through the driver’s side door of his vehicle with three of his children inside. The video of the shoot was posted on social networks.
Brewers star reliever Josh Hader told reporters ahead of the meeting that the Bucks’ decision was “a huge stand,” MLB.com reported.
“It’s more than sport,” said Hader. “This is a time when we really have to not be silent and [to] empower our voices. ”
A family lawyer said Tuesday that Blake is paralyzed and that it would take “a miracle” for him to walk again.