NBA Players Stands Against Police Brutality : St Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler and pitcher Jack Flaherty decided not to be a part of Wednesday night’s game with the Kansas City Royals to express solidarity with others around MLB, the team made the announcement just before the game on Wednesday.
The club published the following statement, “Dexter Fowler and Jack Flaherty have decided to stand in solidarity with other players throughout the Major League Baseball. Dexter Fowler is a healthy scratch from tonight’s game. The Cardinals organisation support their decisions.”
A number of games were postponed after the shooting of Jacob Blake by Police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.
After his start on Monday Flaherty said “I woke up and saw this morning and that was tough to watch. ”
The fact that Blake is now paralysed was informed to the news media by their family attorney Benjamin Crumb.
Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times by Police officers in the back as he was inclined towards his SUV with three of his children inside the car, on Sunday, in Kenosha.
“You get seven rounds fired into your back like that, it just doesn’t really make any sense,” Flaherty shared his thoughts.
“Like I said before the season started and others have said, just because sports are coming back doesn’t mean that these conversations stop and that there’s no call for action. It means that we need more call for action. We need more people to continue this conversation, continue to bring light to events like this”.
Both Flaherty and Fowler have been vocal about their opinion on social media this season.
All three NBA postseason games which were supposed to be played in the Walt Disney World bubble were cancelled after the team of Milwaukee Bucks who were the first to decide not to play the game and rather make use of the time contacting the Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor.
The Milwaukee Brewers were the second who chose not to play their game with the Reds on Wednesday along with the Mariner and the Padres game were postponed.
Jason Hayes, former Cardinals now of Chicago Cubs also decided not to be a part of the game against the Tigers in Wednesday evening.