Jacob Blake: Basketball, soccer and baseball games postponed in wake of Milwaukee shooting

Basketball and baseball teams from Milwaukee have called-off games in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake last week.

Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police officer Rusten Sheskey on Sunday in Kenosha, close to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, igniting fresh protests over racial injustice and police brutality in the US.

Blake survived the shooting, but is now paralysed from the waist down, according to his father.

On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their National Basketball Association (NBA) play-off game against Orlando Magic by failing to appear on the court for their pre-game practice session at the NBA bubble in Walt Disney World, Florida.

The team’s boycott was confirmed when the Buck’s senior vice president, Alex Lasry, tweeted: “Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen.

“I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”

In a statement, the NBA said: “In light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games… have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.”

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball (MLB) game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday was also postponed in the wake of the shooting, as was the match between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres on the same day.

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