By Harry Allison
The Washington Football Team canceled today’s practice at FedEx Field because the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times by police on Sunday. Blake was shot as he attempted to enter the driver’s side door of his vehicle with three of his children inside. Video of the shooting was distributed on social media. The incident sparked more protests and caused more athletes to speak out or take action.
Three NBA playoff games were postponed, set in motion by the Milwaukee Bucks not taking the court against the Orlando Magic in protest over Blake’s killing. Three baseball games were also postponed, between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, and the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Coach Ron Rivera already was going to lead a discussion about the shooting with the team this morning in Ashburn, as well as possible plans for what the team might do during the season to show support for social justice.
New team president Jason Wright also was going to be part of the discussion as well as Malcolm Blacken, the senior director of player development. They were then going to board buses to drive an hour to their stadium for the practice.