No game tonight

Tonight's game between the Mariners and the San Diego Padres has been postponed.

The postponement was a decision made by the Mariner players in an effort to join the Milwaukee Brewers in making a social statement; the Brewers elected not to play today as a protest against the unwarranted police shooting incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA were the first pro sports team to take this stance and call off their game, a playoff against the Orlando Magic. (The NBA then called off their entire slate of games for the day, as did the WNBA.) The Brewers and Reds will pick up their series tomorrow; presumably the M's and Padres will as well, though that has not yet been announced. Initial expectations are that a doubleheader will be played tomorrow.

The Mariners voted to join the protest this afternoon and Kyle Seager, Shed Long, and Marco Gonzales met with Padre players Manny Machado, Austin Hedges, and Tommy Pham to clarify the situation.

The unrest in Kenosha began with the shooting of Jacob Blake, an African-American man, last Saturday evening. Blake was entering his car, in which his three children sat, when a Kenosha police officer, Rusten Sheskey, shot him multiple times in the back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down and severely wounded in other areas. Prior to shooting him, the police had also punched and tasered Blake. Police claim Blake was threatening them with a knife when he was shot, which is a dubious claim given the nature of Blake's actions and how he was shot. Blake's attorneys say he was attempting to de-escalate a domestic incident when the police assaults began.

The Kenosha police department has placed Sheskey and the other officers involved on administrative leave. Protests have erupted calling for the officers to be fired and be charged with criminal actions. Protesters have confronted police ever since the news of the shooting broke. A teenaged white-supremacist with an AR-15 shot three and killed two of the protesters; he was not pursued by local police but was taken into custody without violence after returning to his home state of Illinois. President Trump has threatened to unleash his anonymous and unaccountable Federal secret police force, last seen in Portland kidnapping protesters off the street in response to graffiti on a Federal courthouse, on the citizenry of Kenosha as the protests continue.

The Mariners have the most African-American representation of any major league team, with nine players on the active roster/injured list—Long, Kyle Lewis, Taijuan Walker, Justin Dunn, J.P. Crawford, Dee Gordon, Carl Edwards Jr., Aaron Fletcher, and Justus Sheffield—plus Mallex Smith, currently at the Tacoma satellite operation. The club itself has offered its support of the players' decision not to play tonight:

 

And from our friends at Lookout Landing:

 

UPDATE: The Seattle Sounders have followed suit and decided not to play their MLS game tonight.

Comments

  • Posted by Bill Harrison on August 26, 2020 (15 months ago)

    I'm proud to recognize and support the decision by the Mariner team to not play tonight as a protest of support for the Black Lives that are being so abusively impacted, being killed often and disproportionately by police across the country.

  • Posted by mark russell on August 27, 2020 (15 months ago)

    I've had a ticket package with the M's since 1996. Thank you Mariner players for taking this stand!

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