Athletics vs Astros: 'An insult to Jackie Robinson,' say fans as teams walk off field over Jacob Blake shooting

Athletics vs Astros: 'An insult to Jackie Robinson,' say fans as teams walk off field over Jacob Blake shooting
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The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics game was called off after players of both teams jointly walked off the field after a moment's silence. They chose to not play on Friday in the wake of Jacob Blake's shooting over the weekend. A Black Lives Matter T-shirt was placed across the home plate. Incidentally, Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated with players wearing the No.42 jersey which Robinson wore in 1947 when he broke the color obstacle in the league.

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The move hasn't gone down well with baseball fans as they took to Twitter to express their displeasure. For some, it was just a wrong day to walk off. "Wrong night to do it just my personal opinion. A lot guys wouldnt be able to play if it wasnt for jackie Robinson to do this on the day the game honors him to me is a slap in the face. I agree things need to change but this was just the absolute wrong day to do this," read one of the tweets.

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"This is pathetic and Insulting to Jackie Robinson they’re embarrassing themselves," another commented.

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Harsher opinions were shared as well. "JR would have wanted teams to play f*** this postponement shit. the fact is congress and trump don't give a damn about police brutality. no new laws will go into effect bc the conversations in congress is absent. all lawmakers care about is money in their pockets."

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"Boycotting Jackie Robinson. That seems counterproductive...." a fan tweeted. 


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"I feel like playing the game after this is a better way to honor Jackie and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but I respect the decision not to. Just seems weird to not play on Jackie Robinson day," one of the fans opined.


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It has been that sort of a week that started with the Milwaukee Bucks as they were the first team to take a stand on August 26 when they didn't show up on the court ahead of their game 5 clash against the Orlando Magic. Other teams from the NBA and other sports joined in solidarity. In recent news, the NBA is restarting games from Saturday.

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