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Packers cancel Thursday’s practice in solidarity with Kenosha protests

Head Coach Matt LaFleur spoke to the media Thursday afternoon, saying what’s going on in Kenosha is “so much more important than football.”
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Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 9:43 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers canceled Thursday’s practice in solidarity with those protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.

Head Coach Matt LaFleur spoke to the media Thursday afternoon, saying what’s going on in Kenosha is “so much more important than football.”

“Right now we have a lot of guys in the locker room that are upset about a lot of things they have seen in the world and that they have experienced. I cannot emphasize that enough,” LaFleur said.

Practice was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. The team originally announced that they had postponed practice. Later, they announced that practice would be canceled.

The Jets, Colts, Bears, Titans, Washington and Broncos also postponed or canceled Thursday practices.

Several professional teams have boycotted games and called off practices in response to the Jacob Blake shooting.

Packers players did not speak to the media, but they have taken to social media to voice their desire for change in how the police interact with the Black community and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their NBA Playoff Series against the Orlando Magic.

After the Bucks made that decision, the NBA postponed all of Wednesday’s games. The players have decided to resume the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds decided not to play Wednesday night to “draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression.”

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