Luzardo speaks on shooting of Jacob Blake

August 25th, 2020

Before starting his postgame video call with reporters Monday night, A’s pitcher offered his thoughts and condolences to Jacob Blake, a Black man shot multiple times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday evening.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Jacob Blake, his family and his close ones for the incident that happened yesterday,” Luzardo said. “I feel that shows that we really need change.”

Luzardo took the loss after pitching 6 2/3 innings in the A’s 3-2 defeat against the Rangers at Globe Life Field. His statement followed multiple athletes from different sports who spoke out earlier in the day after a graphic video of the shooting circulated on Sunday night. Multiple Brewers players and coaches spoke out on the matter, with the club issuing this statement on Monday:

“The video of the shooting of Jacob Blake is deeply disturbing and raises many of the same questions we have been asking related to social injustice and racism in our communities. Once again, we are faced with images of a horrific incident that show what appear to be inexplicable and excessive force inflicted upon a Black individual. It stirs emotions of anger, confusion and great sadness at a time when we need healing and lasting change. We pray for a full recovery for Jacob, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”