In a day that was full of news from dawn until dusk, the only story that really matters happened in the evening. The NBA, the WNBA, (almost all) MLS teams, and some MLB teams went on strike and refused to play their games last night in response to ongoing police brutality. First organized by the Milwaukee Bucks, players across the country responded to the shooting of Jacob Blake by refusing to play, using their power to make a statement.
The Athletic goes deep on the MLS strike, which was led by Black Players for Change. He also describes the communications strategy and why Orlando and Nashville still played their game.
We demand accountability and justice. We will NOT be silent. Athletes and fans from all over are coming together to create change.— Zack Steffen (@zackstef_23) August 26, 2020
Stay tuned for more... @VOYCEnow #blacklivesmatter #athletes4change #voycenow pic.twitter.com/uNonojcv8e
We as players made the decision. Fix this, please give the right narrative. https://t.co/0Qhb8L7dMc— Mark-Anthony Kaye (@MarkThEwizz) August 27, 2020
Like I said, by the end of the day that was the story of the day, the week, and the month. Here’s a brief round-up of the other things that happened, though. There was a lot of it.
Washington Spirit strikes deal to play home matches in NWSL fall series at Segra Field in Leesburg Sept. 5 (vs. Sky Blue FC) and Sept. 12 (vs. Chicago Red Stars), I'm told. Firm plan whether to allow fans to be determined soon. Virginia guidelines permit up to 1,000 spectators.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 26, 2020
Flores undergoing scans on orbital bones for possible fractures.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 26, 2020
Yeah this is not how a coach touches a player. pic.twitter.com/0vvtJimjnc— Seoul Train (@BlasianSays) August 26, 2020
This last one is so gross and infuriating, and it happened live on TV carried across the world.
That’s all I’ve got today. Be well, friends.