Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez voiced public support for players on the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers after both teams decided not to play Wednesday.
Two of the state’s biggest professional sports teams chose to sit out in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
“I do think we are (having a moment). I know how serious the people in this state take their sports and how proud they are of their sports teams. When you have athletes step up and make that kind of a statement … I’m very proud of them,” Alvarez said to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.
Wisconsin won’t make a similar gesture, as the Big Ten Conference has canceled fall sports, but Alvarez stood behind the actions of players in the professional sports leagues.
“I think they’re sending the right message,” Alvarez said. “Things have to be corrected. We can’t continue with the social injustice. People have been trying to send a message for a long time. Some just don’t get the message. Some just don’t get it.”