As they did during other periods of social unrest this year, members of Wisconsin's professional sports teams weighed in on the shooting of a Black man in the city of Kenosha over the weekend.
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer addressed the shooting to start off their media briefings on Monday. Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur also addressed the incident during his media briefing in addition to hosting a post-practice meeting with the team's leadership council to address next steps. The three organizations each issued their own statement regarding the shooting, wishing the best for the victim and his famil and calling for more dialogue between stakeholders. You can see those statements below:
GREEN BAY PACKERS
"The Packers organization was shocked to see the video that showed police shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back. We are hopeful Jacob makes a full recovery, and our thoughts are with his family.
"While we understand a full investigation of this terrible incident will take place, we are deeply troubled at what again has become a painful example of the significant challenges we face with respect to police brutality, systemic racism and injustices against Black people. We continue to call for meaningful dialogue to affect the needed change we all desire."
“The video of the shooting of Jacob Blake is deeply disturbing and raises many of the same questions we have been asking related to social injustice and racism in our communities. Once again, we are faced with images of a horrific incident that show what appear to be inexplicable and excessive force inflicted upon a Black individual. It stirs emotions of anger, confusion and great sadness at a time when we need healing and lasting change. We pray for a full recovery for Jacob, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”