Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


WNBA Teams Walk Off Court During National Anthem

Noah Ferguson | 30 August, 2020, 02:43

"We are dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor, an outstanding EMT who was murdered over 130 days ago in her home", said Clarendon. Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells. And Breonna Taylor.

Instead, the New York Liberty and the Seattle Storm pulled out a new move: They just walked off the court as the national anthem played, EPSN reported.

The WNBA has openly supported Black Lives Matter, even printing the phrase on all of its home courts and on the players' warm-up suits. 'Breonna Taylor was dedicated and committed to uplifting everyone around her. We are also dedicating this season to the Say Her Name campaign, a campaign committed to saying the names and fighting for justice for Black women.

Before the game, the Liberty's Layshida Clarendon and the Storm's Breanna Stewart addressed the cameras to promote the "Say Her Name" campaign and asked for a 26-second moment of silence.

"Sandra Bland. Atatiana Jefferson".

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician, was killed on March 13 after police officers entered her apartment, executing a "no-knock" search warrant.

Players and staff also wore shirts that read "Black Lives Matter" on the front and "Say Her Name" on the back. Protests have called for the officers involved in the shooting to be arrested.

During the 2016 NFL pre-season, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games, and the movement caught on among many of his fellow players and continues to this day.

The WNBA's walk-off follows several Major League Baseball teams kneeling prior to their games to show unity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

These social justice displays in professional sports come after the national unrest erupted in cities around the country following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody.

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