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Freddie Gray protests in US affect Baltimore sports

Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles play. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
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Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Baltimore, Maryland on the east coast of the United States in recent days to protest the death of Freddie Gray who died in police custody on April 19. Gray was found with a switchblade but police said he didn’t resist arrest and officers didn’t use force.

Gray died of a severe spinal cord injury (three severed vertebrae and a crushed voice box) while official police spokespeople have denied the use of force by any officers. Gray’s death follows in an ever-growing line of police killings of unarmed Black men like Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York City and Trayvon Martin in Florida, to name a few.

Citizens protesting the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Citizens protesting the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Much like in other cities, especially Ferguson, Mo., U.S., citizens have taken to the streets in mostly peaceful, but sometimes violent protest. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake even went as far as to enact a city-wide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The protests also have begun to affect sports in Baltimore. American football players in the National Football League (NFL) like Torrey Smith, Clinton Portis, Cris Carter and others have taken to social media to comment on the state of affairs in Boston as have other celebrities.

The riots have forced the city’s professional baseball team, the Orioles, to cancel at least one game and close another to the public and further move an upcoming series with the Tampa Bay Rays from Baltimore to Tampa Bay.

Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles play. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles play. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
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4 comments

  1. It will be interesting to watch the game that is going to be closed to the public. I wonder if something like this has ever happened before, and what can be done in the future to help the public stay involved with their team, even when public protests are occurring.

  2. This is something that is not all over the news.  Which is weird. However, I think that the closed game will have an impact on the players.  They are prepared to play for a crowd that will boost their confidence and now it will be silent.  Prayers for Baltimore!

  3. I think you did a really nice job of explaining the reason behind the riots, as many people are talking about the fact that they are happening, but they are not really explaining the whys. I didn’t even think about how it could affect sports.

  4. It’s nice to see athletes take a real interest in their city and the people who live in it. Really hope people listen to what they have to say and take it to heart.

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