The NY Jets have decided to cancel Thursday’s practice in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting.
The NY Jets have made the decision to cancel’s Thursday’s scheduled practice following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin last Sunday.
The Jets joined both the Washington Football Team and the Indianapolis Colts becoming the third NFL team to cancel practice on Thursday.
This comes two days after the Detroit Lions canceled their practice in an effort to promote discussion about social justice issues. And it also comes one day after the Milwaukee Bucks were the impetus behind the postponement of three NBA playoff games.
Later, multiple MLB games were postponed as well as the postponements and cancelations have impacted all three sports leagues.
Jets owner and CEO Christopher Johnson has spoken out in support of his players’ rights to protest as far back as 2018 when he became one of the first NFL owners to insist that he would support if any Jets player kneeled for the national anthem.
And on Tuesday, he delivered a heartfelt message to his team to discuss Blake and racial issues in the country. The meeting reportedly went really well as the organization talked about what they can do to create change in their community.
Multiple NY Jets players have spoken up in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting.
Multiple Jets players spoke to the media about the Blake shooting following Wednesday’s scrimmage. Most notably, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and safety Bradley McDougald shared their thoughts on the issue.
Crowder revealed a story about how he was pulled over while a student at Duke for no other reason than that he was “a Black man driving a nice car.”
Meanwhile, McDougald had the following to say about the issue.
“Me personally, I’m hurt by the whole situation. 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 the aggression he’s going to give me.
This is definitely something that I don’t want and a lot of my brothers in the locker room don’t want it swept under the rug. This is not a one-day topic.”
Evidently, it certainly hasn’t become a one-day topic.
The Jets were scheduled to take the field for practice at around 9:20 a.m. but soon it became clear that wasn’t going to happen. It remains to be seen when the team will take the field again.
Editor’s note: Regardless of whether or not you agree with the team’s decision, it’s encouraging to see the organization give their players a voice. Credit to Christopher Johnson and the Jets for that.