Guess I grew up different, if I ad done something like that I would have disgraced my family. My daddy would have worn out a leather belt on me…this is why we must restore the draft. I have OWNERSHIP of my country, I own a piece of the rock of USA and fewer and fewer in America have any ownership in her.
Entire Indiana Fever team locks arms and kneels for national anthem
The entire Indiana Fever team joined in the national anthem protests that Colin Kaepernick sparked in the NFL. The Fever all locked arms and kneeled during the anthem, while two Phoenix Mercury players kneeled ahead of their playoff game on Wednesday, according to the IndyStar‘s Gregg Doyel.
Kaepernick started the anthem protests to draw attention to racial inequality and police brutality. He said that he’s “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
Members of the Indiana Fever kneel during the playing of the national anthem. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Fever coach Stephanie White encouraged her team in the huddle after the anthem, according to ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel:[INDENT]“I’m proud of y’all for doing that together, being in that together. That’s big. That’s big. It’s bigger than basketball, right? Bigger than basketball.”
The anthem protests have been seen across the sports world. Entire high school football teams have taken a knee, Megan Rapinoe kneeled before a Seattle Reign game and Victor Oladipo said he expects NBA players to join once the season starts.
Phoenix Mercury’s Kelsey Bone, right, and Mistie Bass, second from right, kneel during the playing of the national anthem. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Both the Fever and the Mercury have been involved in speaking out on political matters before. They wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts rather than their normal warmup gear in July. The shirts were made after the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
Fever forward Tamika Catchings said in July:“I think it’s important that us as players being able to utilize our voice. And being able to basically stand united for what matters to us.”