NBA and NFL players and coaches are speaking out after a 29-year-old Black man was shot by Kenosha police Sunday. Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times while trying to enter his vehicle.
Blake was taken to a Milwaukee hospital and is in serious condition, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The shooting was captured on video and shared on social media. The footage — which is both disturbing and graphic — was shared by some athletes, who expressed anger and frustration after another Black person was shot by police.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said Blake’s shooting is another instance of why Black people “don’t feel safe.”
“F THE GAMES AND PLAYOFFS!!! THIS IS SICK AND IS A REAL PROBLEM WE DEMAND JUSTICE! ITS CRAZY I DONT HAVE ANY WORDS BUT WTF MAN! THIS IS WHY WE DONT FEEL SAFE!!!!”
“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”
Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer addressed the shooting during his news conference Monday. Budenholzer, 55, said, “We have to change.”
Mike Budenholzer opens up his pregame press conference by talking about Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man who was shot in the back by Wisconsin police. “We need to have change,” Budenholzer said. “We need to be better.”
The Bucks released a statement Monday saying the team stands “firmly against reoccurring issues of excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging the Black community.”
The Bucks added they “will continue to stand for all Black lives as we demand accountability and systemic change on behalf of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sylville Smith, Ernest Lacy, Dontre Hamilton, Tony Robinson, Joel Acevedo and countless other victims.”
A number of NFL players tweeted about Blake’s shooting. New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara called the shooting “attempted murder,” and added he was praying Blake survives. Warning: Kamara’s tweet also included a link to video of the shooting.
Saints receiver Michael Thomas, Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Tyrann Mathieu all tweeted about the shooting.
3 officers, 1 male? And the only way to subdue 1 man was to fire 7 rounds…
Damn they shot that man 7 times…. why can’t 3 officers subdue one male? I truly need answers y’all comment on everything else……
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