The Indianapolis Colts on Thursday joined a number of other professional sports teams and athletes who are sitting out games or practices in the name of social justice.
“The Colts will not practice today,” the team tweeted. “Instead, the team will use the day to discuss and work toward making a lasting social impact and inspiring change in our communities.”
The decision follows the shooting of Black man Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The NBA canceled three games on Wednesday. Major League Soccer called off five games. The Women’s National Basketball Association postponed three games and Major League Baseball canceled two games. Several MLB players also sat out their games.
Indy Eleven soccer team captain and player Matt Watson sat out the squad’s game in Louisville on Wednesday night with the team’s support. The Eleven lost the game 1-0 to Louisville City FC.
“Tonight I found myself unable to take the field with my teammates,” Watson tweeted. “I did not refuse to play, I just emotionally could not find the strength to hold back the pain inside me after witnessing so many black people gunned down like animals.”
Blake, 29, was shot Sunday afternoon in the back seven times by a white officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The 29-year-old is partially paralyzed after a bullet damaged his spinal cord, his lawyers said.