USC was supposed to take the field on Tuesday for one of its final practices of theseason.
The Trojans decided football was secondary.
A short time after former Minneapolis police officerand manslaughter for causing the death of George Floyd by holding his knee on the Black man’s neck – a killing that touched off worldwide protests – the Trojans decided the day would be best served to reflect and participate in the national conversation about racial inequality and police brutality.
“Following today’s verdict in the murder, our team has decided to postpone today’s practice and instead discuss the racial injustices prevalent in our society and our daily lives,” read the USC statement. “While we realize there is much work to be done, it is essential not to push the conversation to a later date as our Los Angeles community has witnessed injustices for years. Some pro leagues braced for the potential of protests following the verdict.
The NBA told its teams to have plans ready – butby weather or coronavirus-related concerns. “We as a league if we were going to play this game,” Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan said before his team hosted the Orlando Magic, one of Tuesday’s five NBA contests. “It was kind of on hold to see the ruling. Possibly there would have been a cancellation if it had been a little different.”
The NBA shut down for three companies and teams put out statements after reading the verdict, condemning racial injustice. Many athletes did as well.summer in the restart bubble at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Much of the league’s messaging in the bubble revolved around remembering those , such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and Floyd. Most
“Justice served on all counts. Good. Still, a ton of work to do,” read a tweet from Bubba Wallace, the lone Black driver on the NASCAR circuit, who successfully pushed the sport to ban the Confederate flag at its events last year. Augsburg University, a private Division III school in Minneapolis, called off its Tuesday games involving men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams. The for the rest of the day once word came that a verdict had been reached and scheduled an on-campus vigil for students, faculty, and staff.
Some high school events in the Minneapolis area were also called off for the day.
APWriter Jenna Fryer and AP Sports Writer Paul Newberry contributed to this report.
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