NFL Boycott: Today, the world of sports unified. Athletes and leagues across the world have come together to fight against racial injustice after Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot 7 times by the police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
NFL teams, too, made their voices heard. The Detroit Lions were the first to cancel their practice yesterday. They instead used their time to speak out and organized a protest outside the entrance to their facility.
Today, multiple other teams followed in the Lions’ footsteps. The Broncos, Titans, Bears, Jets, Colts, Packers, and Washington Football team all cancelled practice. The Cardinals, who didn’t have a scheduled practice for Thursday, cancelled all team activities.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 27, 2020
Quite a scene in Tennessee, where Kevin Byard and Ryan Tannehill speak with teammates behind them. Said Byard: “We wanted to show solidarity and be unified and say that we’re tired. … We’re sick and tired of seeing our brothers and sisters murdered by police like it’s nothing.” pic.twitter.com/ElM32S6KsU
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 27, 2020
NFL Teams Who Did Practice
Almost every team had a meeting to discuss the situation. Moreover, coaches have pledged to continue to have these discussions with their players moving forward.
Some of the teams who held practice today even made a tribute to Blake. The Saints, for example, put his name on the helmet of every player today at training camp.
CB Janoris Jenkins posted a picture of his helmet on Instagram.
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“It’s just something we decided to do last night to honor him,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “It was something we felt would be appropriate, and I think they were for it.