NFL teams cancel football activities after Jacob Blake shooting
A handful of NFL teams have canceled football activities Thursday following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday.
The Washington Football Team, the Detroit Lions, the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens are among the teams who have said that they are canceling their Thursday practices to discuss social justice plans.
The Colts said in a statement that they will use Thursday “to discuss and work toward making a lasting social impact and inspiring change in our communities.”
Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy — a Wisconsin native — told ESPN that practice would go on on Thursday but that the team will make time to discuss their next moves.
“We got major, major challenges in our society right now that need to be addressed and the best way to get there, what’s the answer?” McCarthy said in a statement on Twitter.
Other players whose teams are continuing activities on Thursday have voiced their solidarity in other ways.
Cornerback Janoris Jenkins of the New Orleans Saints posted a picture on Instagram of a quote from Muhammad Ali next to his helmet, which had the name “Jacob Blake” printed on it. The Saints are continuing practicing.
Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer on Sunday while leaning into his vehicle. He is in critical condition and at least temporarily paralyzed from the waist down, his family has said.
On Wednesday, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, and the NBA later postponed the league’s remaining games for the day.
It was reported Thursday that the NBA will move forward with their playoff games.
MLS and some MLB teams canceled their games as well. Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka also announced Wednesday evening that she would sit out a match.
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