It is both a somber and historic day in sports. The number of professional teams deciding to take a stand and boycott games in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake is incredibly significant. The Dodgers and Giants were two of those teams to join that growing boycott on Wednesday evening.
Speaking with media following the decision to sit out, Dodgers players and coaches revealed why they would not play tonight. Dave Roberts, Kenley Jansen, Mookie Betts, and Clayton Kershaw all represented the team in the discussion. As it turns out, Mookie and Dave Roberts were going to sit out regardless of what the team’s decision was.
For me, I think that no matter what I wasn’t going to play tonight. Just because I have to stand by my guns here. Like Doc said there’s a lot going on in the world, and change needs to be made. I have to use my platform to at least get the ball rolling. I talked to my teammates and told them how I felt, and they were all by my side. -Mookie Betts
Team leader Clayton Kershaw has been especially vocal over the last few months in being in support of Black Lives Matter. He has talked about having conversations with Dodgers teammates and learning and growing in the process. Kershaw said that the team wanted to do everything they could to support Mookie.
I think more than anything as a teammate of Mookie’s as a member of this team…as a white player on this team, is how can we show support. What’s something tangible that we can do to help our black brothers on this team. And once Mookie said he wasn’t going to play, that started a conversation as a team on what we can do to support that. We felt the best thing we could do is support that in not playing.
The Dodgers and Giants both agreed that a game would be played on Wednesday. Thursday was supposed to be the final game of the series, but who knows where they go from here. Even Clayton Kershaw admitted he had no idea what tomorrow would look like, or even if they would play.
Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Dave Roberts Discuss Postponing Game vs. SF
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