Women Athletes Are On The Front Lines Of The Racial Justice Movement. Why Aren’t We Hearing About It?
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This has been one of the toughest decisions of my career. But, I will be foregoing the 2020 WNBA season. There’s a lot of factors that led to this decision, but the biggest being that I am more than an athlete. I have a responsibility to myself, to my community, and to my future children to fight for something that is much bigger than myself and the game of basketball. I will instead, continue the fight on the front lines for social reform, because until black lives matter, all lives can’t matter. #TogetherWeStand #BLM #illbeback #2021
The guard announced on Instagram that she would be sitting out the 2020 season to focus on continuing to organize for justice, after organizing a march on Juneteenth that was led by the Mystics and the NBA’s Washington Wizards. The Atlanta Dream’s Renee Montgomery will also sit out the season to be involved in the current movement; meanwhile, Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore paused a Hall of Fame career to fight for criminal justice reform. Las Vegas Aces player Angel McCoughtry proposed allowing players to wear the names of victims of police violence on the back of their jersey, a proposal the NBA is now exploring. (McCoughtry just hopes the fact that a woman player proposed it doesn’t get lost when it comes time to give credit.)