Sports Stars React to Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

Dan Mennella
August 24, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Several prominent athletes spoke out after video surfaced on Sunday night that showed a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting an unarmed black man in the back in view of his children.

Stars from the NFL, NBA and MLB denounced the grisly incident or sent well wishes to the victim, Jacob Blake, who was in serious condition on Monday morning and "fighting for his life," CNN reported.

The shooting inflamed passions still roiling the country in the weeks after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Protests broke out, and police clashed with demonstrators in a scene all too familiar in the tumultuous year of 2020.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after practice on Monday that "there's a systemic problem."

Milwaukee Bucks two-time All-Star Khris Middleton said "people are starting to see why black people, colored people, are so afraid of police."

Middleton's teammate, veteran guard George Hill, said the league restart shouldn't have happened.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said "We want JUSTICE."

Thunder star Chris Paul addressed the incident after Oklahoma City's win over the Houston Rockets on Monday afternoon.

New Orleans Saints stars Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Cameron Jordan were among the earliest to speak out on Monday morning.

Chiefs All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu called on authorities to explain the incident.

Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills, who was recently arrested at a protest for Breonna Taylor outside the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, also weighed in.

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman said "Thank god for the video from across the street," pointing out that the officers apparently weren't wearing body cameras.

Former NBA star Baron Davis said the shooting was "cowardly."

The ACLU said in a tweet that the incident was "another disgusting incident of police brutality."

The Bucks, whose home city of Milwaukee is about 40 miles from Kenosha, said they were "praying" for Blake's recovery. The team said it demands accountability on behalf of Floyd, Taylor, and other victims of police brutality.