WNBA Fines Players For Wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirts
About a week or so ago, Minnesota Lynx players pissed off the local police department by wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts to honor recent shooting victims of cops that has sparked protest all over the country. Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers that were working their game walked off the job and they were applauded by their lieutenant who also threatened not to have any officers work any of their games for the rest of the season.
The Lynx decided to do away with the shirts the very next game, but it wasn’t enough as many of the players were fined for wearing the shirts on Wednesday.
“On Wednesday, the WNBA fined the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever for wearing black shirts during warm-ups in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Each team and every one of its players were fined $5,000, according to the Associated Press.
“We are proud of WNBA players’ engagement and passionate advocacy for non-violent solutions to difficult social issues but expect them to comply with the league’s uniform guidelines,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement provided to the AP. “
Mercury forward Mistie Bass vented her frustration with, in her mind, the league’s double standard:
— Mistie Bass (@A_Phoenix_Born) July 21, 2016