Last night, a series of National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) games were postponed after players from a variety of teams sat out in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
One person who wasn’t too thrilled with what went down on Wednesday was former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington, as he took to Twitter to blast the MLB and NBA players for sitting out:
Oh wow, you postponed your games?! Wanna prove you’re really about change? Quit your multi million dollar jobs and soft privileged lives playing a kids game, take a massive pay cut and perform the toughest job in America. Become cops!!!! @NBA @MLB @KingJames— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) August 27, 2020
Blake, who is a black man, was shot this past Sunday Night by police seven times while he was in his car with his three children. The shooting, which was caught on camera, has left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and multiple protests have sprung up after the shooting.
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who defeated Covington in the main event of UFC 245, responded to Covington's Twitter post through a video on Instagram:
Damon Martin of MMA Fighting provided the following transcript of what Usman said in the video:
“That’s food for thought of what the difference is. They’re both human beings. What is the difference? One was black and the other one was white. That’s why I posted the video. That’s what we still live in. That’s what I’m expected to live in each and everyday. That is extremely painful.”