KEY POINTS

  • Three MLB games are boycotting their scheduled games to protest the tragic Wisconsin shooting
  • Camera footage saw Jacob Blake shot multiple times by police officers
  • NBA players and Tennis star Naomi Osaka also opted not to play as a sign of protest

The MLB games set in Milwaukee, San Diego and San Francisco have been postponed as a sign of protest to the recent Wisconsin shooting.

"Given the pain in the communities of Wisconsin and beyond following the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight," MLB said in a statement.

This decision affects three scheduled matchups across the league -- the Milwaukee Brewers against the Cincinnati Reds, the San Diego Padres against the Seattle Mariners, and the San Francisco Giants against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Major League Baseball remains united for change in our society and we will be allies in the fight to end racism and injustice,” the statement continued.

The moves come after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, was shot multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisc. The actions of the law enforcer shooting the man seven times was caught on camera and has led to him being paralyzed.

"It's going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again," Benjamin Crump told reporters by way of CNN.

"The players from the Brewers and Reds have decided to not play tonight's baseball game," players from both teams said in a shared statement, by way of ESPN.

"With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression," the statement added.

For Brewers’ Josh Hader, he emphasized the importance and the impact of their actions as it goes beyond the sport.

"This is a time where we need to really not stay quiet and [to] empower our voices," Hader said.

Athletes across the country have also been vocal about the situation given how they’ve used their platform as a platform in the Black Lives Matters movement. NBA teams have boycotted the games despite the ongoing playoffs. Tennis star Naomi Osaka has opted to withdraw out of the Western & Southern Open Semifinals to protest the tragic shooting.

Demonstrators also marched in New York City on August 24, 2020 demanding justice for Jacob Blake, shot in the back by a white police officer Demonstrators also marched in New York City on August 24, 2020 demanding justice for Jacob Blake, shot in the back by a white police officer Photo: AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY