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The NBA and MLB Postpone Games for Jacob Blake

The Black Lives Matter movement protests began in June due to the death of George Floyd, but yet another police brutality episode has recently reignited the conversation. Jacob Blake was shot seven times by the police in Kenosha, WI, and although he survived, he is in the hospital with the strong possibility of not walking again.

It was Sunday night when Blake was shot in front of his children for allegedly trying to stop a fight.  

This week, Wednesday’s NBA Playoffs were suspended in protest of police brutality. NBA players could not remain silent in solidarity with the Blake family and all other black citizens that have died at the hands of the police.

The Milwaukee Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and George Hill, set the example in their game against the Orlando Magic and all other teams, at least for Wednesday, decided to follow them. Because the players were not planning on showing up, a decision was made by the NBA to suspend the Playoffs in protest of police brutality. 

After a long discussion with the NBA Players Association and team owners, Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled for Saturday or this coming Monday. Initially, the Clippers and Lakers voted against finishing the season, but after talks allegedly spearheaded by league veteran Udonis Haslem and Charlotte Bobcats majority owner and former superstar Michael Jordan, they changed their tune and decided to continue with the 2020 season.

Since the action returned to the courts, NBA players were part of a protest in which they held a minute of silence, wore ‘Black Live Matter’ shirts and some even put supportive phrases on the back of their jerseys.

Other forms of protest came from former NBA player Kenny Smith who walked off the TNT set in solidarity with the player’s strike of Wednesday’s games. 

“As a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight,” he said.  

The MLB also announced they were postponing Wednesday’s games. The Milwaukee Brewers led a walkout canceling the night’s match against the Cincinnati Reds. 

Other MLB teams like the LA Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants followed the strike. 

This story is developing – check back for updates.

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