The Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on August 25, 2020 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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The Milwaukee Brewers postponed Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds and joined the Milwaukee Bucks and other NBA teams to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the team said in a statement.
"The Milwaukee Brewers Organization joins the players in their decision not to play tonight's game. We need to pause and reflect on the events that are causing such pain and trouble for our local community and our country. The whole organization is committed to to put the spotlight in the spotlight. " Racial injustice, inequality and the need for change, "the team said in a statement.
Blake, a black man, was shot in the back at least seven times by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident sparked protests in Kenosha all week. Blake is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down.
The San Francisco Giants also confirmed on Twitter that Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers had been postponed.
The Seattle Mariners also tweeted that they won't play Wednesday's game against the San Diego Padres.
"Given the pain in the Wisconsin communities and beyond after the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight. Major League Baseball continues to advocate change in our society and we become allies be in battle. " End racism and injustice, "MLB said in a statement.
All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, and players from across the league have chosen to boycott in their strongest statement to date against racial injustice.
"The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced today that, given Milwaukee Bucks' decision not to speak today for Game 5 against Orlando Magic, today's three games – Bucks vs. Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers – have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be postponed, "the league said in a statement.
The dramatic series of moves began when the Bucks – the NBA team from Wisconsin, a state that was rocked in recent days by the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake – failed to use the word for their playoff game against the Magic seized. The teams should start game 5 of their series shortly after 4pm. The bucks needed a win to get into the second round.
The players had discussed boycott games in the bubble after Blake was shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Further discussions among players on teams still in the bubble were planned on Wednesday, presumably about how – or if – the season should continue, but before that the Bucks appeared to have decided they would act.
"Some things are bigger than basketball," tweeted Alex Lasry, Bucks senior vice president. "The position of the players and (the organization) today shows that we are fed up with it. Enough is enough. Change has to take place. I am incredibly proud of our boys and we stand 100% behind our players who are ready to help and make real change. "
The NBA Players Association tweeted in support of the players.
– CNBC's Jabari Young and The Associated Press contributed to this report