Professional basketball, baseball and soccer teams postponed their games Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the floor during a playoff match in a protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Top-ranked pro-tennis player Naomi Osaka also said she would sit out a semi-final match at the Western Southern Open scheduled for Thursday.

“Before I am a athlete, I am a Black woman,” she said in a statement. “And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand.”

The National Basketball Association announced the decision Wednesday evening, citing the Bucks and saying it was delaying other fifth playoff games between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets and between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers.In a joint statement Wednesday night, the players of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds said they were also skipping a game.

“With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression,” they said.

The Women’s National Basketball Association announced that three matches scheduled for Wednesday had been delayed, too. “We stand in solidarity with our brothers in the NBA and will continue this conversation with our brothers and sisters across all leagues and look to take collective action,” Elizabeth Williams, a forward with the Atlanta Dream, said in a statement representing league players.

In a statement Wednesday night, Major League Soccer said it had postponed five remaining matches for the day. Earlier, two clubs — Inter Miami and Atlanta United — locked arms and refused to play.

Wednesday afternoon, as it came time for the Bucks to tip off against the Magic, the team was still in the locker room.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the playoff contest, Game 5 of the first-round playoff matchup inside the NBA bubble in Florida, would be played. The Bucks lead the best-of-seven-game series, 3-1.

A statement from Bucks’ players later Wednesday said they decided to skip the game after Blake’s shooting and after a gunman opened fire at a protest Tuesday night.

“Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball,” the players said. “When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.”

In a separate statement, the team’s owners said they supported the move — even though they hadn’t known about it beforehand.

“The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us,” they said. “Our players have done that, and we will continue to stand alongside them and demand accountability and change.”