WNBA players are standing strong with their beliefs... even if the league isn't supporting them.
On Thursday, the WNBA shockingly fined players from the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever for wearing black warm-up shirts earlier this month that supported Black Lives Matter and denounced police brutality and the targeting of cops.
Well, it turns out that the Fever and Liberty played in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night and they continued to make their stance felt — proudly rocking their Black T-shirts in protest.
After the game, in continued protest of the fines, Liberty players refused to answer reporters' basketball-related questions — only fielding inquiries about the harsh realities about the violence in society today.
“We really feel like there’s still an issue here in America,” Liberty guard Tanisha Wright told the media, with her teammates assembled behind her in the locker room. “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 in what we want to talk about. So you guys can ask away about anything that’s happening in society."
Take a look at the Liberty's full comments below.
As part of Wright's statement, she did mention: "It’s unfortunate that the WNBA has fined us and not supported its players.”
And that reverberated to the NBA, where Carmelo Anthony voiced his support for WNBA players and against the league for fining social-conscious players.
"I don't see no reason to fine them. If anything you should want to support them," Anthony told ESPN. "I don't know details, but don't see a reason to fine them."
He added: "A bunch of teams did it and individuals did it. Everybody has their own freedom of speech. If they decide to use the platforms to do that, I don't see any reasons for anybody to get fined. We did it. The NBA did it two years ago. The NBA was very supportive. I don't see why it would be different this time."
All players who wore T-shirts denouncing police brutality earlier this month were fined $500 and each of the three teams were hit with a $5,000 bill.
It's important to point out that WNBA players get paid a lot less than those of their NBA counterparts, so this fine hurts. In more than one way.
The WNBA openly supports the LGBTQ community, even marching at the New York City Pride Parade. Shouldn't it be in full support of Black Lives Matter as well?
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