After staying in the locker room for the national anthem during the first two games of the WNBA Finals, the Los Angeles Sparks are expected to continue their protest in Game 3 on Friday night against the Minnesota Lynx.
There was a cacophony of boos from Lynx fans towards the Sparks protest before both games in Minnesota, but the Sparks remain unsure what reception they will get from their fans. In Game 1, the Lynx stayed on the court and locked arms during the anthem. In Game 2, the Lynx stood traditionally for the national anthem.
“I go to drop my daughter off at school and there’s every race, every ethnicity, every religion, everything at her school,” Sparks forward/center Candace Parker said to reporters. “I get spoiled with that. I think that’s normal, you know? And it’s not. I think you have to respect the growth of other parts of the country and the growth of other things. I respect it. But, you have to respect me as well and my opinions. You have the right to boo. It’s the First Amendment. Boo. Boo all you want. Don’t agree with me, but we’re still going to do it.”
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While making their voices felt off the floor, the Sparks and Lynx will each be looking to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five WNBA Finals. The Sparks took Game 1 in Minnesota with an 85-84 win this past Sunday, followed by the Lynx rebounding with a 70-68 win on Tuesday night to tie the series up. Now, the series shifts to Los Angeles with both teams looking to close within a game of capturing their fourth title in franchise history.
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