WNBA players livid over the league’s decision to fine both players and teams for wearing protest warmup shirts prior to recent league games organized a media postgame blackout for all matters other than Black Lives Matter following Thursday afternoon’s game between the Indiana Fever and New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden.
Tina Charles, Tanisha Wright, Swin Cash and the other members of the Liberty gathered at the center of the locker room following the game to express their anger with the league over the decision, while reiterating the reasons for their continued protests.
For Charles, the shooting of Charles Kinsey in North Miami served as her impetus to wear her warmup t-shirt inside-out while receiving the WNBA Player of the Month award.
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“Black Lives Matter, not Only Black Lives Matter”
Watch the dramatic moments as they unfolded inside the Liberty locker room.
UPDATED: Tina Charles also took to Instagram postgame to further discuss her thoughts on the evolving protest.
Today, I decided to not be silent in the wake of the @wnba fines against @nyliberty, @indianafever & @phoenixmercury due to our support in the #BlackLivesMatter movement . Seventy percent of the @wnba players are African-American women and as a league collectively impacted. My teammates and I will continue to use our platform and raise awareness for the #BlackLivesMatter movement until the @wnba gives its support as it does for Breast Cancer Awareness, Pride and other subject matters.