Marquette helps Jacob Blake after no fees in opposition to officer

Marquette got here collectively to assist Jacob Blake forward of their matchup with UConn on Tuesday night time, simply hours after a Wisconsin prosecutor introduced that he wouldn’t pursue fees for the officer that shot Blake a number of instances within the again final summer season.

The Golden Eagles opted to put on particular black uniforms for the sport at Fiserv Discussion board, and all took a unified knee on the court docket forward of the sport whereas sporting particular “Black Lives Matter” shirts.

“We’re extraordinarily disenchanted within the resolution involving Jacob’s capturing and we’ll proceed to make use of our platform to advocate and combat for racial justice,” the crew mentioned in a press release earlier than the sport, partially. “That is one other reminder that simply because racial and social justice hasn’t acquired as a lot consideration lately, doesn’t imply the necessity to combat in opposition to it has gone away.”

Miami Warmth star Dwayne Wade, who went to Marquette earlier than leaping to the NBA, was all in regards to the gestures.

Marquette, Bucks converse out after no fees in Jacob Blake capturing

A Wisconsin prosecutor mentioned Tuesday that they won’t pursue legal fees in opposition to Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer Rusten Sheskey.

Sheskey, who’s white, shot Blake, a Black man, a number of instances within the again in August. The capturing left Blake paralyzed and sparked widespread outrage and protests each in Kenosha and elsewhere throughout the nation.

Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old from Illinois, shot and killed two folks throughout these protests in Kenosha. He pleaded not responsible to 6 legal fees stemming from that incident on Tuesday.

The capturing brought about large protests within the sports activities world, too. The Milwaukee Bucks — who, together with Marquette, sit simply 40 miles south of Kenosha — refused to take the court docket for a playoff sport shortly after the capturing, which led to comparable walkouts and strikes throughout the league, the WNBA, MLB and extra.

The Bucks issued a press release in regards to the resolution on Tuesday, too, although didn’t particularly point out Kenosha or Blake.

“This previous yr make clear the continuing racial injustices dealing with our African American and different marginalized communities,” the assertion learn, partially. “Reoccurring cases of extreme use of power and speedy escalation when participating the Black group should cease. We’ll proceed to work to enact coverage adjustments so these incidents now not exist.”

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Marquette supported Jacob Blake on Tuesday night time forward of their matchup with UConn. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Pictures)

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