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WNBA Players Walk Off The Court During National Anthem

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WNBA Players Walk Off The Court During National Anthem

Members of the New York Liberty, left, and Seattle Storm observe a moment of silence in honor of Breonna Taylor before a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Ellenton, Fla. "Breonna Taylor was dedicated and committed to uplifting everyone around here. I don't want to be anywhere near it, because it's ridiculous that justice and freedom are just not offered to everybody equally".

Players from the WNBA and other athletes from around the world are joining in anti-racism protests sparked by the high-profile deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police officers. And the most important name on the jerseys was the one that was sewn across the back of every single uniform - BREONNA TAYLOR. The Social Justice Council on Wednesday held a Zoom call with Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, who shared memories of Taylor with the players. The words "Black Lives Matter" are on the courts at Feld.

Ionescu and Clarendon are clearly going to be the players NY is built around during this shortened season. "I was just happy that to be able to see arguably the best team in the league in our first game and learn from the defensive schemes that they threw at me and us as a team and continue to build from that". "Everything we've done as activists and organizers is wanting to make sure we're honoring".

Before the start of the game, players Layshia Clarendon of the Liberty and Breanna Stewart of the Storm took the stage to speak about this initiative.

Also as part of their bigger-picture messaging this season, WNBA players are advocating voting rights. Indiana Fever players knelt during the 2016 playoffs to protest the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and to support quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the anthem before National Football League games.

The New York Liberty and the Seattle Storm walked off the court during the national anthem ahead of the WNBA's season-opening game in Bradenton, Florida, on Saturday as a form of peaceful protest.

Stewart and the WNBA will be trying to pull off the feat of playing a 22-game season and playoffs in the IMG bubble. "But I know that my voice and my reach is more than just staying with a 94-foot court".

As professional sports are getting in the swing of things and starting back up.

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