In the wake of yet another black man, Jacob Blake, being shot by police whose names are as yet unknown, as usual (UPDATE: the name of the police officer was revealed to be Rusten Sheskey, after the time of this writing), the Indianapolis Colts have cancelled their practice on August 27, 2020.
The Indianapolis Colts players were, apparently, at the forefront of this discussion and made this happen, but Chris Ballard (and Colts’ leadership) has also been a voice in NFL circles as an ally. Ballard has voiced his concerns with the state of this country—issues that go beyond just one incident, but can be traced back to the birth of the nation.
The Colts organization has announced that they are foregoing any football activities today in favor of reflecting on how they can aid in inspiring change to the social construct we currently live in. A goal that, hopefully, we all work to achieve on this day of reflection, and every day that follows that, as well.
Check out the full statement from the Colts organization below.