LA Sparks Kick Off WNBA Finals National Anthem Protest By Leaving Court (PHOTOS)
Long before multiple NFL teams finally started to participate in national anthem protests, WNBA players were doing it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
During the national anthem at the first game of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, the Minnesota Lynx linked arms during the anthem while the Los Angeles Sparks decided not to even come out of the locker room.
— Hoopfeed.com (@hoopfeed) September 24, 2017
Like Vikings, Lynx link arms for National Anthem at the Barn. Sparks left arena, returned after anthem. Some boos. pic.twitter.com/KilDJwqBVa
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) September 24, 2017
The scene at Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. The Lynx link arms during the anthem, the Sparks stay in the locker room. pic.twitter.com/jckFULAvux
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 24, 2017
WNBA President Lisa Boarders had this to say to USA Today:
“We all have watched television today and our social media feeds and we know this is an interesting time in our country,” she told reporters in a pregame press conference. “Let me just say our Commissioner, my colleague and my friend Adam Silver put out a statement yesterday and I want you all to know that I personally believe all of us stand in full support with Adam, our big brother – the NBA – and our entire enterprise.
“Our players are some of the most socially conscious that you will ever find,” she continued. “You have seen that in the years before I got here and I’m sure it will continue in the future.”