Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This is your Indiana Fever team, kneeling together during the National Anthem

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 8:55 PM

The entire roster of the Indiana Fever opened their playoff game tonight by kneeling together, linking arms and bowing their heads during the National Anthem.

Two Phoenix Mercury players joined them. 

Coach Stephanie White remarked during their pre-game huddle that their actions were "bigger than basketball." 

(Video via ESPN)

Read more on professional sports players' protests against police brutality, sparked by 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, here. 

Fever players, along with players from Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty, were fined earlier this year for wearing black shirts during warm-ups to draw attention to BLM and police shootings. After the fine, WNBA players instituted a "media blackout," during which they refused to answer questions about basketball, and openly protested the fine. 

The Fever lost 89-78 to the Mercury tonight, which means the team is out of playoff contention. That means Tamika Catchings, who played her last regular season game amid much celebration on Sunday night, walked off the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court for the final time tonight.

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