PHOENIX (KDVR) – The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to postpone tonight’s game in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
While the Diamondbacks showed support of the Rockies’ decision on Twitter, the team issued the following statement:
“Our players were prepared to play today’s game against the Colorado Rockies. After team meetings regarding plans to voice their support of social justice and equality, the decision was made to wear our black jerseys and make donations to causes that defend that mission. The Rockies then notified us of their decision to not play in the contest. We are confident the execution of our plan would have represented our support of complete and total equity, while providing impact and driving awareness of this ongoing organizational priority.”
This is just the latest professional sports match that will not be played as scheduled.
The first postponement came on Wednesday, when the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their scheduled fifth game in the NBA playoffs against the Orlando Magic. Shortly thereafter the NBA decided to cancel all three games scheduled for Wednesday.
Blake was shot around 5 p.m. Sunday. A cellphone video that was taken from across the street shows Blake walk from the sidewalk around the front of his SUV to his driver-side door as officers follow him and shouting with their guns pointed at him. As Blake opened the door and leaned into the SUV, an officer grabbed his shirt from behind and opened fire.
There have been three nights of protests and violence following the shooting. On Tuesday night, two people were killed and another injured.
On Wednesday afternoon, Rockies outfield Matt Kemp posted on Instagram saying that he would not be playing so he could “stand with my fellow professional athletes in protest of the injustices my people continue to suffer.”
It is unclear if or when the Rockies and the Diamondbacks will make up their game.