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Multiple NFL teams cancel practice to show solidarity with racial justice movement

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Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of the NFL shield logo at midfield during Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday was an absolute whirlwind around the sports world. It had nothing to do with what happened on the hardwood, baseball diamond or gridiron.

Rather, it was all about teams and star athletes making a statement that we have not seen around the sports world in decades. All three NBA Playoff games were postponed in Orlando. Multiple Major League Baseball games were also postponed as boycotts became the name of the game.

All of this comes days after an African-American man by the name of Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a police officers in Wisconsin. It’s the latest example of police brutality in the United States, and had the sports world making a statement.

That has not changed thus far on Thursday. Multiple NFL teams have decided to cancel practice with just two weeks remaining until the start of the 2020 season.

Other teams are currently in the midst of discussing whether to cancel practice.

It might not be on the same level as NBA Playoff games or MLB regular-season games being postponed. But it sure does send a message.

Unlike previous years, the NFL has stepped up to the plate to support racial equality and push back against police brutality in recent months. It now supports the rights of players to protest during the national anthem and the Black Lives Matter movement.

This promises to be a major backdrop to the 2020 season, starting two weeks from Thursday with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.