WNBA Players Stage Boycott After Being Fined $5k For Wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirts (Shirts)


On Wednesday, the WNBA came down hard on players who wore ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts before any games last week, fining the players $5,000, according to the Associated Press.

On Thursday afternoon, the players responded back to the WNBA by staging a protest. Players from the New York Liberty and Indiana Fever, two of the teams that received the fines, refused to take any questions about any subject other than Black Lives Matter, and the WNBA’s response to their protests.

“We feel like America has a problem with the police brutality that’s going on with black lives around here, and we just want to use our voices and use our platform to advocate for that,” the Liberty’s Tanisha Wright said according to Deadspin. “Just because someone says ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t mean that other lives don’t matter. People put out this imaginary ‘black lives only matter’ whenever people say, ‘Black lives matter.’ What we’re saying is, ‘Black lives matter, too.’ Period.

We really feel like there’s still an issue here in America. And we want to be able to use our platforms, we want to be able to use our voices, we don’t want to let anybody silence us and what we want to talk about.

It’s unfortunate that the WNBA has fined us and not supported its players.”

New York Liberty’s Tina Charles accepted the Player of the Month award with her uniform inside-out, and explained why she did it via Instagram:

Inside Indiana Fever’s locker room, Tamika Catchings stated she would only address questions related to Black Lives Matter as well:

Few of the players also took to Twitter to voice their frustration:


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