During Wednesday’s game between the Los Angeles Sparks and Washington Mystics, players united during the national anthem to protest the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that took place over the weekend.
The gesture was a protest of the rally and the response from the White House, as well as a show of solidarity for the civilian who was murdered and the two officers who died. The demonstration included players joining arms before tipoff in a similar fashion to last season when players protested racial inequality and police brutality.
“We just want to stand united in lieu of the socio-political climate, just to remind everyone that it’s important to stay together in the midst of some tumultuous times,” Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike told Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress before the game.
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Lisa Borders, the President of the WNBA, tweeted out this statement in support of the players:
In regards to Charlottesville. pic.twitter.com/2nZlZ8XmUj
— Lisa Borders (@WNBAPrez) August 17, 2017