In the event of the Jacob Blake’s police shooting last week in Wisconsin, USA, major sporting events were called off yesterday as athletes protested against racial justice.
Three NBA playoff games were called off. Game five matches between Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers couldn’t hold.
Milwaukee Bucks walked out of game five prompting the NBA to postpone all games yesterday.
“In light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled“, NBA posted on its twitter handle
Additionally, five Major League Soccer (MLS) Games and three Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) fixtures were also postponed as the players led the protest over the shooting of Blake who is an African-American.
Tennis star Noami Osaka also pulled out of the Western & Southern Open going on New Yorke. Voicing her displeasure at the treatment of blacks by saying that “before I am an athlete, I am a black woman”. Her decision also sparked an announcement from the USTA, ATP Tour, and WTA to put the tournament on hold at least for a day.
Baseball matches were also affected as games between the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were all postponed.
“The players from the Brewers and Reds have decided to not play tonight’s baseball game.
“With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression“, says a joint statement from both teams.
Blake, 29 was fired seven time by policemen on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin just 40 miles from Milwaukee. The incident was captured on phone video, igniting new protests over racial injustice in several cities.