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Sport WNBA teams sit out national anthem during season openers

08:05  15 may  2021
08:05  15 may  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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On Saturday, at the season opener between the Seattle Storm and the New York Liberty held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, all players from both teams walked off the court during the national anthem in what appears to be a protest against systemic racism and injustice. “We are dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor, an outstanding EMT who was murdered over 130 days ago in her home,” Liberty point guard Layshia Clarendon said in a speech midcourt. “Breonna Taylor was dedicated and committed to uplifting everyone around here.”

Earlier this month, the WNBA announced that its 2020 season would be dedicated to “social justice.” The league also formed a Social Justice Council which it said would be “be a driving force of necessary and continuing conversations about race, voting rights, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and gun The political protests in professional sports began in the NFL with a handful of players kneeling during the national anthem . The form of the protest triggered a backlash among fans, who saw the refusal to stand as disrespectful to the nation as a whole as well as the men and women who died in service to the nation .

The return of the WNBA for its 25th season meant that teams would once again navigate how to handle the national anthem. Some opted to just not be on the court.

Players for the New York Liberty, Indiana Fever, Phoenix Mercury, Dallas Wings and Los Angeles Sparks all stayed off the floor as the anthem was played on Friday:

It's not surprising to see the majority of WNBA teams continue to protest during the national anthem, or at least ignore it. The most socially conscious league in sports saw widespread protests during the anthem last year in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and Seattle Storm star Sue Bird recently said the players' union was still figuring out how to address it this season, per Erica Ayala.

Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner called for the anthem to simply not be played during games after being one of many players to sit out the playing of the song.

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Wednesday night, the two teams intertwined and locked arms during the national anthem before their game. The action was in response to the white supremacist violence that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. League MVP, President of the WNBA Player’s Association, and Sparks forward Nneka Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Oakland Raiders, recently remained seated during the national anthem in a game against the Arizona Cardinals. So far, Lynch has declined to comment on his decision, but his teammates are standing by him. Lynch’s teammate Jared Cook told the New York

Ten players for No. 1 South Carolina remained seated during the national anthem before their season - opening win over College of Charleston on Wednesday. Ten from No. 1 South Carolina sit during anthem .

The protests figure to continue on Saturday, when four more teams, including Bird's Storm, begin their season.

a night time view of a city: The national anthem is sung before an empty court before the Indiana Fever take on the New York Liberty in a WNBA basketball game, Friday, May 14, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The national anthem is sung before an empty court before the Indiana Fever take on the New York Liberty in a WNBA basketball game, Friday, May 14, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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