uThe WNBA fined 3 of its teams for openly supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement. They fined Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, and Pheonix Mercury teams $5000 each, plus $500 from each player who wore black, saying that it was against dress code policy. The Minnesota Lynx participated as well, and that prompted several off duty cops to leave the game.
“We are proud of WNBA players’ engagement and passionate advocacy for non-violent solutions to difficult social issues but expect them to comply with the league’s uniform guidelines,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said.
Despite the fines against them, several players, including Tina Charles of the Indiana Fevers, spoke out individually saying that she won’t stop using her platform to affect change.
The WNBA is 60% Black, so you’d think they’d stand behind these women’s movement. The NBA was able to take a stand without fines. This is unfair treatment in more ways than one.