The Milwaukee Brewers’ scheduled home game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday has been postponed after Brewers’ players met earlier in the afternoon and decided to boycott the game in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The news, reported by multiple outlets, follows earlier in the day the NBA having to postpone its three scheduled playoff games tonight in Orlando, a move prompted by players on the Milwaukee Bucks not taking the floor for pregame warmups for their game against the Orlando Magic.
It’s unclear if today’s Brewers boycott would extend beyond Milwaukee, which is about 30 miles north of Kenosha, WI, where Blake was shot seven times in the back by police Sunday during a confrontation. Blake’s three children were in the car when he was shot; he is paralyzed from the waist down and doctors don’t know if the condition is permanent.
The Brewers are in the middle of a home stretch, with tonight’s scheduled 7:10 p.m. local time game the third of four against the Reds at Miller Park; the two teams are supposed to play again Thursday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates are due to come to town for four games beginning Friday.
Neither Major League Baseball nor the Brewers organization have made a statement about the postponement, but MLB.com’s scores page has noted the Brewers-Reds game is PPD. It’s the second MLB game of the day to be scrapped; the LA Angels game in Houston against the Astros was postponed Tuesday because of the threat of Hurricane Laura.
On July 31, the Brewers’ scheduled game against the St. Louis Cardinals was postponed after two Cardinals players received positive test results for COVID-19, amid a smattering of positive tests league-wide that has forced the postponement of 32 games, most recently this past weekend’s Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees in Queens, NY.