UPDATE: 6 p.m.
Players for the Phillies and the Nationals have collectively decided to postpone Thursday night's game in Washington, D.C. The Phillies released a statement expressing their support of the "decision to use their platform to call attention to the racial and social injustice that continues to exist in our country. We will continue to stand behind our players and those on the front lines working to generate accountability and real change in our society."
The Flyers game against the Islanders Thursday night is also postponed, as NHL players decided there will be no Stanley Cup playoff games Thursday and Friday.
That became a reality on Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks chose not to take the floor for their game against the Orlando Magic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.
The Bucks received immediate support within the basketball community.
Two-time NBA champion and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith wasted no time showing his solidarity by walking off the set of a special edition of “Inside The NBA,” which was taking place in one of the postponed games.
“For me, I think no matter what, I wasn’t going to play tonight just because I have to just stand by my guns here,” Dodgers star Mookie Betts said. “Like (manager Dave Roberts) said, there’s a lot going on in the world and change needs to be made, and I have to use my platform to at least get the ball rolling. I talked to my teammates and told them how I felt, and they all were by my side.”
New York Mets left fielder and first baseman Dom Smith played in the Mets 5-4 win over the Marlins, but he took a knee during the national anthem.
Postgame, he was very emotional and admitted it was a tough day for him.
The Phillies played their game against the Washington Nationals, which started at 6:05 p.m. The news about the Milwaukee Bucks started circulating around 4 p.m., and the NBA officially announced the postponements about an hour later.
Bryce Harper said postgame, he didn’t have much information on the developments that were happening throughout pro sports.
“When I get to the field, I don’t really check my phone or anything like that,” Harper said after beating Washington 3-2. “We didn’t really talk about it much as a team, so I’m really not such what’s going on and what’s going to happen (Thursday) and so forth.”
“I would tell them to go with their heart,” manager Joe Girardi said regarding what his players should do if a similar situation arose in Philadelphia. “Feelings are feelings. They’re never right or wrong. They’re just feelings, and you gotta go with your heart. … I would support them whatever they did.”
The National Hockey League did not postpone any of its playoff action Wednesday. The Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba and San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane would like the league to improve how it reacts to racial injustice.
Major League Soccer didn’t play five of its six matches on Wednesday.