The Jets were among several NFL teams to cancel training camp practice on Thursday in protest of racial injustice, which includes the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. The Giants did conduct their practice, but head coach Joe Judge said it was the players that wanted to be out there on the field.
But players on both teams are horrified by what has occurred in recent days.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley spoke at-length about the shooting of Blake, in which police officers shot him seven times while his back was turned. After seeing the video of the incident, Barkley couldn't wrap his head around the emotions he felt.
"On the video, words really can't describe how you feel," he told reporters after Thursday's practice. "Makes you sick, especially being a Black man. Just how my parents raised me, you see those situations happen and continue to happen."
And while Jets S Bradley McDougald had strong feelings about the shooting on Wednesday, more Jets came out over social media to say how they felt on the matter.
Running backs Le'Veon Bell and rookie La'Mical Perine took to Twitter to give some powerful statements:
"Me, personally, I'm hurt by the whole situation. I'm an African-American man and that easily could have been me. Because when I walk out of One Jets Drive, I'm just another Black man and I don't know how the cop is going to see me," McDougald said.
The shooting has sparked protests across professional sports, most notably in the NBA when the Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to take a stand and strike on Wednesday. Their game against the Orlando Magic was postponed, as was the rest of the playoff slate in the Orlando bubble. There were even discussions about ending the NBA season, but SNY's Ian Begley confirmed that the playoffs will be resuming.
The WNBA also postponed all of their Wednesday contests.
In MLB, the Milwaukee Brewers-Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners-San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants games were all postponed after the Brewers took the first stand.
"Going on what the NBA did, I definitely commend them for doing that. The WNBA ladies there too. I commend them for standing up, using their platform, using their voice," Barkley said.
Barkley added the Giants were having ongoing discussions about what they might do as a team. For him, personally, he will continue to draw inspiration from those athletes that used their platform to take a stand.
"I've been big on knowing my history, especially with the athletes -- the Bill Russells of the world, Colin Kaepernicks of the world. How they were able to handle that situation, use their voice. It creates a conversation that you have to have with yourself," he said. "What can you do? What can you do? That's just the start -- to spark those conversations and then take action. Find ways you can do it. That's what we're trying to do with our team, and we'll continue to find the right things to do and continue doing it."