The nearly fatal shooting of Jacob Blake has shaken up the sports world.
After learning the 29-year-old father of three was shot at least seven times in the back as cops responded to a “domestic incident,” athletes in the NBA and NFL have been expressing their condolences as well as their thoughts on yet another shooting of an unarmed Black man.
Following the Oklahama City Thunders’ win against the Houston Rockets on Monday (Aug.24), Chris Paul addressed Blake’s family during his postgame interview.
“I just want to send my prayers out to Jacob Blake and their family,” he told reporters.
“You know the things that we decided to come down here to play for and we said we gon’ speak on the social injustice and the things that continue to happen to our people is not right, so a win is good, but voting is real,” he said before challenging his fellow athletes to register to vote.
Earlier in the day, Lakers star LeBron James took to Twitter and demanded justice for Blake.
“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,” he tweeted.
“This shit is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”
Kenny Stills, one of the NFL players who stood alongside Colin Kaepernick early on in his fight to bring awareness to police brutality, also tweeted in reaction to the horrifying video. “Tired of waking up to videos of people being gun downed by the police,” he wrote in his tweet.
Tired of waking up to videos of people being gun downed by the police.— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 24, 2020
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!!!! https://t.co/3E4Dd2wS3e— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) August 24, 2020
“Damn they shot that man 7 times.... why can’t 3 officers subdue one male?” he penned in his tweet. “I truly need answers y’all comment on everything else......”
“I’d just like to send out my thoughts and prayers to Jacob Blake and his family, another young Black man shot by a police officer,” Budenholzer said. “We need to have change, we need to be better and I’m hoping for the best for him and his family. I’m hoping for the best as we work through this in Wisconsin and in Milwaukee and in Kenosha. So, thoughts and prayers with Jacob Blake.”
The team also released a statement announcing they are “firmly against reoccurring issues of excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging the Black community.”
Green Bay Packers’ Tom Silverstein, New Orleans Hornets player Baron Davis and Cameron Jordan from the New Orleans Saints were among some of the other athletes that took to social media in response to Blake’s shooting.