(KGTV) – In a show of solidarity with its basketball counterpart, the Milwaukee Brewers have decided not to play Wednesday’s game following the shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to local media reports.
The Brewers, who were scheduled to host the Cincinnati Reds at home, met as a team hours before the first pitch. The Reds also agreed not to play, according to National Baseball writer Jared Diamond.
The Reds have agreed not to play as well. No forfeit situation. Both teams have agreed to sit out tonight’s game. https://t.co/BZJAg8GujJ— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) August 26, 2020
The news comes after the Milwaukee Bucks staged a boycott of their Game 5 NBA Eastern Conference playoff matchup with the Orlando Magic. The Bucks never made it out onto the court, according to ESPN's Rachel Nichols.
The NBA has postponed all playoff games scheduled Wednesday night.
Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot from behind seven times by a police officer in Kenosha on Aug. 23. Officers did not say what led up to the shooting, but video shot by a neighbor shows Blake walking to an SUV and attempting to enter it moments before an officer grabs him by the shirt and shoots him.
Local authorities said the officers were responding to the area for a reported "domestic incident."
Blake’s three young boys were in the car at the time. His family says Blake’s eight-year-old son was celebrating his birthday over the weekend.
“Think of that son, and what he will be thinking about every time he celebrates his birthday,” said his attorney Benjamin Crump