Report: Power 5 team walks out of practice to show support for national protests
Players at Kentucky have reportedly walked out of their Thursday football practice to show solidarity and support as protests continue across the country to address racial injustice.
The protests started after the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. According to the Associated Press Blake has been left paralyzed from the waist down due to the injuries.
BREAKING: I am hearing that the UK Football team has collectively decided to walk out of practice today in support of the protests across sports
More to come….
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 27, 2020
NBA players went on strike on Wednesday, opting out of playing the playoff games on Wednesday and Thursday as a form of protest. Today, it’s been reported that the playoffs will resume in the coming days.
The MLB and NHL have also called off games to show support for the national protests.
Kentucky is believed to be the first SEC team to have players walk out of a practice, though virtually every SEC head coach in recent days has talked about the need for more conversation and education about the topic.
On Thursday morning, Boston College was the first team to reportedly not host a practice at the FBS level to show support for the protests.