NFL, NFLPA’s joint statement after Jacob Blake shooting, teams canceling practices
There have been multiple teams in the NFL to cancel or postpone practices on Thursday due to the incident involving Jacob Blake. As a result of the teams that chose to cancel or postpone practices, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement on Thursday.
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— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 27, 2020
Blake, a black man, was shot by police seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He luckily lived, but he would be paralyzed from the waist down. Following the tragic situation with Blake, many athletes and sports teams have spoken out on racial inequality.
With the shooting taking place in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game versus the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Other NBA teams and also MLB teams boycotted their games in support of the movement.
Earlier this week, the Detroit Lions were the first NFL team to cancel their practice amid the news involving Blake. On Thursday, seven NFL franchises canceled or postponed practice. Instead of conducting practices, the teams spoke about racial issues and what they could to create change moving forward.
At the same time, the league appears to be in support of the players and coaches that decided to make racial issues a more important topic than football. Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, has already said he’ll support players that will kneel during games in 2020.
When the 2020 season begins, there’s a chance that some teams decide to boycott games in an attempt to continue the conversation on racial inequality. Seeing that the NFL has supported the players thus far, it’d be interesting to see if they’d support games being boycotted, especially since it means revenue could be lost.