These are the teams and athletes who refused to play in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting

Across the sports world, athletes took a stand for Black Lives Matter on Wednesday night by refusing to play their regularly scheduled games.The decision started with the NBA Milwaukee Bucks and stemmed from the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. The stand quickly spread across a number of sports and even into the broadcast booth, where TNT’s “Inside the NBA” analyst Kenny Smith took off his mic and walked off stage.Here’s a look at the teams and athletes who pulled back in order to have their voices be heard.NBAThe Milwaukee Bucks did not emerge from their locker room before the scheduled tip at 4 p.m. as they decided to refuse to play their playoff game.Soon after, the NBA announced it would postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series — the Bucks vs. Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers.The postponed games have not yet been rescheduled.As of early Thursday afternoon, Shams Charania, a writer and analyst for The Athletic and Stadium, reported NBA players and the league are aiming to restart games on Friday. Thursdays games were expected to be postponed. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN also reported this in a Tweet, saying, “The resumption of playoff games could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to this season by the weekend, sources tell ESPN.”Strikes are banned under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, which means the Bucks players broke their own contract in order to protest racial injustice and police violence.Video: Bucks boycott playoff game after Jacob Blake shootingIn a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the Bucks players said they are “calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable.””The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings,” they said in a statement.”Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.” They called on the Wisconsin Legislature to “reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform.” Former President Barack Obama tweeted his support of the Bucks. Related video: Protesters march through Kenosha streetsWNBARepresenting the six teams slated to play on Wednesday, Atlanta Dream player Elizabeth Williams announced that WNBA players were standing in solidarity with “our brothers in the NBA” and also would not play.The ESPN2 broadcast showed players from the six teams scheduled to take the court locked arms and knelt while wearing shirts spelling out Jacob Blake’s name.The WNBA announced that the three games scheduled for the evening had been postponed.NHLThe NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs will not be held Thursday, sources told ESPN. It’s a move to show solidarity with teams protesting the shooting of Blake. Games had been scheduled for the Philadelphia Flyers against the New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights against the Vancouver Canucks.MLBThree MLB games were postponed: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants.”Given the pain in the communities of Wisconsin and beyond following the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight,” a league statement says. “Major League Baseball remains united for change in our society and we will be allies in the fight to end racism and injustice.”The Reds and Brewers were to play in Milwaukee.”The players from the Brewers and Reds have decided to not play tonight’s baseball game,” they said in a joint statement. “With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression.”The Mariners also unanimously voted to not play their scheduled game against the Padres, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon said in a tweet.”There are serious issues in this country,” Gordon wrote. “For me, and for many of my teammates, the injustices, violence, death and systemic racism is deeply personal. This is impacting not only my community, but very directly my family and friends. Our team voted unanimously not to play tonight.”MLSFive Major League Soccer games scheduled to take place on Wednesday night were postponed, the league announced.”The entire Major League Soccer family unequivocally condemns racism and has always stood for equality, but we need to do more to take tangible steps to impact change,” MLS said. “We will continue to work without players, our clubs and the broader soccer community to harness our collective power to fight for equality and social justice.”NFLSeveral NFL teams have decided to cancel practice. The Washington Football Team Coach Ron Rivera said in a statement, “Friday we can return to football. But tomorrow will be about reflection instead. In place of our practice at FedEx Field, the players, coaches, and football staff will meet as a football family and we will continue our open dialogue on the issues of racism and social injustice in our country.”A report from the New York Daily News said the Jets were also canceling their practice Thursday.“We’re hurting,” safety Bradley McDougald said Wednesday. “I’m an African American man and that easily could’ve been me. As soon as I walk out of 1 Jets Drive, I’m just another Black man and I don’t know how the cop is going to see me.”The Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers are among the teams not practicing Thursday, ESPN reports. The Colts said they would instead “use the day to discuss and work toward making a lasting social impact and inspiring change in our communities.” TennisTennis superstar Naomi Osaka announced on social media that she will not play in the Western & Southern Open semifinals on Thursday.”Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach,” she wrote. Hearst TV contributed to this report.

Across the sports world, athletes took a stand for Black Lives Matter on Wednesday night by refusing to play their regularly scheduled games.

The decision started with the NBA Milwaukee Bucks and stemmed from the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. The stand quickly spread across a number of sports and even into the broadcast booth, where TNT’s “Inside the NBA” analyst Kenny Smith took off his mic and walked off stage.

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Here’s a look at the teams and athletes who pulled back in order to have their voices be heard.

NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks did not emerge from their locker room before the scheduled tip at 4 p.m. as they decided to refuse to play their playoff game.

Soon after, the NBA announced it would postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series — the Bucks vs. Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers.

The postponed games have not yet been rescheduled.

As of early Thursday afternoon, Shams Charania, a writer and analyst for The Athletic and Stadium, reported NBA players and the league are aiming to restart games on Friday. Thursdays games were expected to be postponed.

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Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN also reported this in a Tweet, saying, “The resumption of playoff games could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to this season by the weekend, sources tell ESPN.”

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Strikes are banned under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, which means the Bucks players broke their own contract in order to protest racial injustice and police violence.

Video: Bucks boycott playoff game after Jacob Blake shooting

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the Bucks players said they are “calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable.”

“The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings,” they said in a statement.

“Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”

They called on the Wisconsin Legislature to “reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform.”

Former President Barack Obama tweeted his support of the Bucks.

Related video: Protesters march through Kenosha streets

WNBA

Representing the six teams slated to play on Wednesday, Atlanta Dream player Elizabeth Williams announced that WNBA players were standing in solidarity with “our brothers in the NBA” and also would not play.

The ESPN2 broadcast showed players from the six teams scheduled to take the court locked arms and knelt while wearing shirts spelling out Jacob Blake’s name.

The WNBA announced that the three games scheduled for the evening had been postponed.

NHL

The NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs will not be held Thursday, sources told ESPN. It’s a move to show solidarity with teams protesting the shooting of Blake.

Games had been scheduled for the Philadelphia Flyers against the New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights against the Vancouver Canucks.

MLB

Three MLB games were postponed: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants.

“Given the pain in the communities of Wisconsin and beyond following the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight,” a league statement says. “Major League Baseball remains united for change in our society and we will be allies in the fight to end racism and injustice.”

The Reds and Brewers were to play in Milwaukee.

“The players from the Brewers and Reds have decided to not play tonight’s baseball game,” they said in a joint statement. “With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression.”

The Mariners also unanimously voted to not play their scheduled game against the Padres, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon said in a tweet.

“There are serious issues in this country,” Gordon wrote. “For me, and for many of my teammates, the injustices, violence, death and systemic racism is deeply personal. This is impacting not only my community, but very directly my family and friends. Our team voted unanimously not to play tonight.”

MLS

Five Major League Soccer games scheduled to take place on Wednesday night were postponed, the league announced.

“The entire Major League Soccer family unequivocally condemns racism and has always stood for equality, but we need to do more to take tangible steps to impact change,” MLS said. “We will continue to work without players, our clubs and the broader soccer community to harness our collective power to fight for equality and social justice.”

NFL

Several NFL teams have decided to cancel practice.

The Washington Football Team Coach Ron Rivera said in a statement, “Friday we can return to football. But tomorrow will be about reflection instead. In place of our practice at FedEx Field, the players, coaches, and football staff will meet as a football family and we will continue our open dialogue on the issues of racism and social injustice in our country.”

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A report from the New York Daily News said the Jets were also canceling their practice Thursday.

“We’re hurting,” safety Bradley McDougald said Wednesday. “I’m an African American man and that easily could’ve been me. As soon as I walk out of 1 Jets Drive, I’m just another Black man and I don’t know how the cop is going to see me.”

The Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers are among the teams not practicing Thursday, ESPN reports. The Colts said they would instead “use the day to discuss and work toward making a lasting social impact and inspiring change in our communities.”

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Tennis

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka announced on social media that she will not play in the Western & Southern Open semifinals on Thursday.

“Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach,” she wrote.

Hearst TV contributed to this report.