BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Although the Baltimore Ravens announced that practice was canceled Friday morning for a team unifying session surrounding social justice reform, Head Coach John Harbaugh clarified that the team had a standard meeting and walkthrough.

Harbaugh said the team will scrimmage Saturday.

On Thursday, the team released a statement demanding the arrests of the officers accused of killing Breonna Taylor and shooting Jacob Blake, and calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate floor for a vote.

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The statement read in part:

“With yet another example of racial discrimination with the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unify as a society. It is imperative that all people – regardless of race, religion, creed or belief – come together to say, ‘Enough is enough!’

This is bigger than sports. Racism is embedded in the fabric of our nation’s foundation and is a blemish on our country’s history. If we are to change course and make our world a better place, we must face this problem head-on and act now to enact positive change.

It is time to accept accountability and acknowledge the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.”

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Many sports teams are boycotting games and canceling practice due to the unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Orioles boycotted their game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday. They released a statement saying:

“After continued reflection and further dialogue, Orioles players have decided to not play tonight’s game against the Rays as they join athletes around the country in expressing solidarity with victims of social injustice and systemic racism.”

On Friday, Harbaugh emphasized he and his players have tremendous respect for police officers, saying 99 percent of officers are good.

The team’s statement, Harbaugh said, was drawn up by Ravens players and assistant coaches after meeting for more than two hours on Thursday.

The issue of players boycotting games this season didn’t come up, he added.

“We did talk about symbolic things as a team or as a league that might be done or not done or whatever,” he said. “I do believe we’ll play. Guys want to play.”

Harbaugh said he understands not everyone will approve of the team’s statement; in fact, not everyone in the room agreed on every point. Still, they reached the final statement as a team.

Comments (4)
  1. King Julian says:

    hopefully they include the senator that was attacked in their discussions, if they don’t condemn these actions the are just a bunch of BS.

  2. Joe G says:

    …..Said all of the RICH, privileged, black athletes who somehow managed to make something of their lives…. how about helping kids from these communties instead of spreading the BS that they are all victims and have no shot just because of the color of their skin….. Obama did the same thing for 8 years, telling black kids that they are victims instead of showing how anyone can achieve their goals through hard work and respect….. bye bye NFL…. seems to be counter productive to help to dissolve a profession that many young, inner city kids pursue…

  3. Tyree says:

    These people are unbelievable they never want to accept the role these people played in their own demise. In regards to Breonna Taylor, she was not an innocent person who had no knowledge her boyfriend was a drug dealer. I would implore anyone who doesn’t believe me to listen to her on the recorded jail house phone calls with her incarcerated boyfriend. and you will see she in the drug game 100%. But don’t take me word for it do your own research and you will see. However, the media will never tell people that and in fact refused to report on it. These people are not innocent “babes in the woods” they are criminals.

  4. King Julian says:

    why are they not protesting 300+ murders a year in the city., because that is black on black and dems don’t care about that. hard to call it racist when they kill each other.

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