The New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Football Team became the latest NFL teams to cancel their practices on Thursday in response to the Jacob Blake shooting.
The decision comes one day after the NBA, WNBA and some MLB teams decided to boycott their games, and two days after the Detroit Lions were the first team to take such an action when they cancelled their practice to discuss social injustice issues.
It has become a growing trend around the sports world as athletes have stepped into a larger role in speaking out against injustice.
Many teams have been having difficult conversations all week about Blake – a Black man shot seven times in the back by a police officer – and how they can use their platform to influence change and elevate the discussion on social justice.
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson spoke with his team in a virtual call on Tuesday and talks continued amongst position groups, which became emotional at times.
Jets receiver Jamison Crowder and safety Bradley McDougald spoke about the Blake shooting on Wednesday with media.
“Me personally, I’m hurt by the whole situation,” McDougald said, per the New York Post. “I’m an African-American man and that easily could have been me. As soon as I walk out of One jets Drive, I’m just another Black man. I don’t know how the cop is going to see me. I have dreads and tattoos and I’m bigger than the average male. I don’t know how that cop is going to view me and the attitude and aggression he’s going to give me.”
McDougald added it is not an issue he or his teammates want swept under the rug.
“This is not a one-day topic,” he added.