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Jacob Blake’s father, Draymond share powerful moment

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Jacob Blake's father sees Draymond Green's grit in his son.

Jacob Blake Sr. compared his son to the Warriors forward Friday night during a roundtable interview on TNT's "The Arena," after Green asked that Blake's family continue to push for change after Blake was shot in the back by Kenosha, Wisconsin police last month.

"I just want to continue to pray for you and your family, and I want to tell your son just thank you for being so strong," Green told Blake Sr. "He's giving us hope to continue to push forward. And I just ask that you guys, as he will recover, as I know he will, that you guys continue to use your voice.

"He's one of the fortunate ones that was able to make it through the police brutality, and I ask that you guys continue to use your voice in creating change because they hear you. He's strong enough to continue fighting. We need your guys' voice, and we're going to continue to battle on and push through with y'all."

"I appreciate that," Blake Sr. responded with a smile. "I call him rough and tough like you!"

Bystanders filmed a white police officer shooting Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven times in the back on Aug. 23, nearly three months after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in Minneapolis police custody set off global protests of police brutality and institutional racism. The shooting led of Blake to local and national demonstrations, including one in Kenosha in which 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot and killed two people and injured another.

 

Blake is paralyzed from the waist down. Blake Sr. said Friday his son is "recovering slowly."

"He's doing better than he was when I first saw him," Blake Sr. said. "But his spirits -- we must keep them lifted because he has no use beneath the waist right now."

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Police were called to the scene of the Aug. 23 shooting to respond to a domestic violence report, and the Blake family's attorney said in a statement last month that Blake was in the area "helping to deescalate a domestic incident." Rusten Sheskey, the officer who shot Blake, and two other Kenosha police officers at the scene have since been placed on administrative leave.

From his hospital bed on Sept. 4, Blake pleaded not guilty to several charges via video conference, including sexual assault, stemming from a criminal complaint filed in July.