The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have elected to not play Wednesday’s scheduled game. They became at least the ninth professional sports game on Wednesday to be canceled or postponed in protest over the senseless shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.
The San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers game tonight has been postponed, sources tell ESPN. It's the third MLB game to be canceled in the wake of the NBA players refusing to play after the fallout of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 27, 2020
All three NBA playoff games were postponed, following the Milwaukee Bucks courageous decision to not take the floor Wednesday afternoon, risking a forfeit in the process of striking. Their opponent, the Orlando Magic, vacated the floor and refused the forfeit, and the remaining four NBA teams with games scheduled (the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City Thunder) all planned on doing the same, at which point the league officially postponed the contests.
The three scheduled WNBA games were also postponed, after the six teams (the Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics, Connecticut Sun, and Phoenix Mercury) met and discussed ways to protest, ultimately settling on a strike as well.
A few hours before the game, the Giants had some internal conversations about how best to take action, and whether or not to continue with the game. There is certainly much more to be done, but this is a very powerful start by both teams. Good on the Giants, and good on the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, the other games around the league continue, though many of the league’s Black players have chosen not to play.