The Green Bay Packers have announced they are postponing practice today as the team — and sports world as a whole — reflects on the events surrounding the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.
The text of the team’s statement reads as follows:
Today’s practice scheduled for 10:30 a.m. has been postponed. We will send an update on practice and media availability when we have one.
The Packers’ statement above leaves open the possibility that practice may still take place today at a later time. The team’s decision to postpone practice follows several other NFL teams, who canceled their on-field work recently. The Colts, Washington, and the Jets were among the first to make announcements concerning their plans on Thursday morning, and earlier this week the Lions also canceled practice. Additionally, the Bears have joined the Packers in postponing their on-field work today.
The decisions today follow a wild night throughout the sports landscape. Wednesday afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks, who normally play 30 miles north of Kenosha, refused to take the court for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. That decision spurred all of the NBA teams scheduled to play on Wednesday to refuse to play, with the NBA electing to postpone the games. The Milwaukee Brewers followed suit, choosing not to play their scheduled game against the Cincinnati Reds and seeing a few other baseball teams do the same. Players across the WNBA and MLS also made the same decisions, with both of those leagues eventually canceling all of their scheduled games for Wednesday.
UPDATE: Shortly before noon local time, the Packers officially announced that they have canceled today’s practice. Head coach Matt LaFleur will speak via Zoom at 12:30 Central, with his comments to be live-streamed on Packers.com and the Packers’ Twitter account.