Unlike teammate Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took the field Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers.
Six teams and several additional players across the league refused to play in the wake of police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting a Black man named Jacob Blake, 29, seven times in the back.
Rizzo was not one of them, as Heyward encouraged his teammates to play, but his words Wednesday night were poignant.
“I’ve gone through a lot with my high school and shit doesn’t change. It’s just the fact of the matter,” he told reporters. “Politicians don’t really give a (expletive) about us. All they care about is their own agenda and it’s just the way it is and it’s upsetting.
“I’m sorry to use that language and go off. It’s upsetting.”
Rizzo graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a student brought a gun to school and killed 17 classmates, wounding another 17, on Feb. 14, 2018.
The wave of protests began Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks did not take the court for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic. Shortly thereafter, the league said all three postseason games that night were “postponed.” The Milwaukee Brewers followed suit and their game against the Cincinnati Reds was not played; the Seattle Mariners-San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers games also didn’t take place.
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