MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KBJR) -- The Minnesota Twins are not playing in their Thursday night game against the Detroit Tigers.
“The Minnesota Twins remain committed to using our platforms to push for racial justice and equality. Therefore, we fully respect our players for their decision to not play tonight’s game versus the Detroit Tigers.
The recent shooting of Jacob Blake, a mere three months after the killing of George Floyd, shows again that real change is necessary and far overdue in our country, and it is our responsibility to continue playing a role in efforts to affect meaningful reform.
We stand in solidarity with the Black community and, as full partners with others in the Twin Cities and beyond, we are committed to creating the change we want to see in the world – where everyone is protected, safe and welcome. There is no place for racism, inequality or injustice in our society.”
Several other Major League Baseball teams have sat out games in protest of the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Brewers.
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks sat out game five of their first-round NBA Playoff series against the Orlando Magic, sparking protests in multiple professional sports leagues.