Here Are the Sporting Events Canceled in Response to Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks started a boycott movement in response to the Jacob Blake shooting that has spread to the WNBA, MLB, MLS, and tennis.

A general overall view of Bucks against Magic for Game 5 of the 2020 Playoffs.

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A general overall view of Bucks against Magic for Game 5 of the 2020 Playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks have started a movement. 

One day after Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet and Norm Powell revealed that the team was considering a boycott of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday in wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Bucks decided to not show up for warmups prior to Game 5 against the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee's boycott caused a ripple effect, which led to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, as well as Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers, boycotting their respective playoffs games. 

The WNBA decided to stand in solidarity with the NBA and postpone all of their games, too.  

.@E_Williams_1 of the @AtlantaDream reads a statement as a representative for all WNBA players.

— WNBA (@WNBA) August 27, 2020

Barack Obama applauded the NBA and WNBA for standing up.

I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 27, 2020

Five MLS matches were also postponed. "Major League Soccer has made the decision to postpone the remaining five matches -- Miami-Atlanta, Dallas-Colorado, Real Salt Lake-LAFC, San Jose-Portland, LA Galaxy-Seattle -- scheduled for this evening," the league said in a statement, per ESPN. "Each match will be rescheduled." 

Milwaukee's MLB team, the Brewers, also opted to postpone their game on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. 

From the players of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds:

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 26, 2020

Seattle Mariners chose to postpone against the San Diego Padres. Dee Gordon of the Mariners took to Twitter to explain that there are more important issues that deserve the spotlight, instead of sports. 

Instead of watching us, we hope people will focus on the things more important than sports that are happening.

- Dee Strange-Gordon

— Dee Strange-Gordon (@FlashGJr) August 26, 2020

The San Francisco Giants, who previously staged a national anthem protest involving several players and coaches during an exhibition game, agreed to postpone their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite reportedly discussing a postponement of their own game, the Colorado Rockies went ahead without their outfielder Matt Kemp. 

Cubs' Jason Heyward also decided to sit out. 

Jason Heyward, the only Black player in the @Cubs initial starting lineup, is no longer playing tonight.

— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) August 26, 2020

Naomi Osaka announced that she will be joining in the protest by sitting out the Western & Southern Open semifinals.

— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 27, 2020

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