In a powerful effort to make a stance the NBA, MLB, WNBA and NHL teams are boycotting games in an effort to enhance change as a result of another brutal police brutality against a Black American.
On Sunday, August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin after attempting to split-up a domestic situation between two neighborhood women. As Jacob Blake walked away from the scene to his car, an onlooker's video shows Jacob Blake being shot in the back a total of seven times as he bends towards his car.
Jacob Blake's attorney also states that Jacob Blake was unarmed. The onlooker who videotaped the incident also states that Jacob Blake's three sons were in the car at the time of the incident. Jacob Blake is currently still in the hospital. He will most likely suffer paralysis for the rest of his life due to the bullets injuring his spinal cord. He also has had to get most of his colon and small intestines surgically removed.
As the world faces the pandemic that caused short sports seasons, all sports teams are using their platforms to stand against police brutality.
On Wednesday, the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks decided to delay their game against the Orlando Magic. Through their action, other sports organizations also canceled their own games as a form of protest. One example includes the WNBA who made the decision to stand in solidarity with the NBA by not playing their games on Wednesday night.
In Major League Baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds game, the Seattle Mariners versus the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers versus San Francisco Giants are no longer happening. Famous tennis star, Naomi Osaka, also chose to not participate in her semifinal game in the Cincinnati Open.
The Major League Soccer organization also has postponed five of their soccer games, excluding one that was already in play as the boycotting decisions went throughout the sports world. During a live broadcast of Emmy winning sports game after show TNT's, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith who is a former NBA player himself, also walked off set in solidarity with the protesting NBA players.
Several NFL teams also boycotted by not practicing including the Colts, Jets, Titans, Cardinals, Bears, Packers, and Washington to focus on discussing social justice issues. Athletes across organizations are also using their social media platforms to take a stand against the latest event of police brutality.
LeBron James tweeted on Wednesday as well.
Change doesn’t happen with just talk!! It happens with action and needs to happen NOW! For my @IPROMISESchool kids,… https://t.co/3nZkLW0wcK— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1598546015.0
In addition to the Jacob Blake shooting, at a protest where the shooting occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse shot protestors killing two protestors including 26 year old Aaron Huber and injuring many others. Critics of the protest states that they would like athletes to stay out of politics, but in my opinion these protests speak volumes to using their platforms to speak against injustice by initiating a deafening silence of no sporting events
Hopefully, this will be a call to action on the global stage for police reform and retraining as athletes bring light to how severe the issue of police brutality in this country is as well as the need for social justice across the world.
Here is how you can help the cause: Contact Kenosha administration and demand the arrest of those involved in the shooting. The Kenosha City Attorney contact is: 262-653-4170, firstname.lastname@example.org or City Attorney Edward Antaramian at email@example.com. You can also contact the Kenosha Mayor and City Administration at 262-653-4000 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. In addition, the Kenosha Police Non-Emergency Line: 262-656-1234 and the Wisconsin Department of Justice: 608-266-1221 are available too.
No Justice, No peace. End Police Brutality. Black Lives Matter, yesterday, today, and everyday.