The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks joined a growing list of professional sports teams as they postponed their scheduled game on Thursday.
The Rockies released the following statement via Twitter:
The Diamondbacks quickly responding with a tweet of their own supporting the Rockies:
How the movement started
The movement began yesterday when the Milwaukee Bucks led a protest that resulted in the three NBA games scheduled for Wednesday to be postponed.
Other sports followed suit to various degrees on Wednesday. All three WNBA games were postponed. Three MLB games were postponed, while Rockies outfielder Matt Kemp choose to sit out the Rockies game vs. the Diamondbacks. And in the MLS five of the six scheduled matches were postponed. The one match that did take place between Orlando and Nashville started before players around the league were able to formalize a plan for the remaining games Wednesday.
The NBA has since postponed all Thursday games, which includes Game 6 of the Nuggets-Jazz series which was scheduled to tipoff later this afternoon.
According to TheAthletic.com report Nick Groke, Trevor Story had this say about his team’s decision to play on Wednesday night, and then not to on Thursday.
Rockies reporter Jenny Cavnar then tweeted that Kemp had this to say about the Rockies decision to play on Wednesday:
“I had a good conversation with lots of the guys yesterday, everything happened so fast with the NBA and other teams in baseball sitting out. I don’t think they realized at the time. I had a deep conversation with Trevor today and he poured his heart out to me.”
Players to donate game checks
According to USA Today Major League Baseball reporter Bob Nightengale Rockies and Diamondbacks players plan to donate their game checks from Thursday to organizations that are fighting for social justice.
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