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WNBA players refusing to play Thursday games amidst cross-sport player protests

The official Spalding basketball sits on the court near the WNBA logo during a game between the New York Liberty and the Washington Mystics at Feld Entertainment Center on August 07, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

UPDATE, Thursday 2:24 p.m.: WNBA players are refusing to play on Thursday in a continued protest. The league has not yet announced plans to postpone any games.

The WNBA announced Wednesday evening it is postponing its three nationally televised games for the night. The decision came after players expressed discomfort playing in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the ensuing protests that have resulted.

The initial plan was for teams to stop games every seven minutes to signify protest while still playing. However, some players were uncomfortable with the idea and it eventually led to a full schedule shutdown.

The league has not announced new game dates or its plans for Thursday’s schedule. The postponed games include Washington Mystics-Atlanta Dream, Los Angeles Sparks-Minnesota Lynx, and Connecticut Sun-Phoenix Mercury.

Give Arielle Chambers a follow for up-to-date information as the league and players figure out next steps.