Lions cancel practice to protest Wisconsin shooting
The Detroit Lions canceled practice Tuesday to protest the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said the players made the decision following a team meeting Tuesday morning.
Dozens of players, wearing masks, appeared outside of the team training facility in Allen Park, Mich., with large signs reading “The World Can’t Go On” and “We Won’t Be Silent.”
“I challenge everybody in the league to go out there and to continue these conversations and to listen,” Lions coach Matt Patricia told reporters. “These are real stories. … We want to be a part of the solution.”
Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, is hospitalized in serious condition after police shot him several times in the back outside of a parked car in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday afternoon.
Ben Crump, an attorney representing the Blake family, said three of Blake’s sons — ages 3, 5 and 8 — were in the car at the time of the shooting.
Blake’s father, also named Jacob Blake, told the Chicago Sun-Times in a story published on Tuesday that his son is paralyzed from the waist down.
Lions defensive tackle Danny Shelton wore a shirt Tuesday with the words “We Demand Justice” written across the chest.
“I’ve never been more proud to be a part of this team,” said Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, per mlive.com. “An incredible group of guys in this locker room led by a coach who’s unwavering in his ability to give us space to talk.”
The Wisconsin shooting comes in the wake of nationwide protests over the shooting deaths of other unarmed Black people, including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.
–Field Level Media