Saturday, WNBA players from the NY Liberty and Seattle Storm made a major political statement as they left the court during the national anthem.
In case you missed it, here it was:
The New York Liberty’s Layshia Clarendon explained in an interview why they chose to leave instead of taking a knee.
Clarendon said that she felt kneeling had become a “performance” in some instances and she wanted to make an even stronger statement.
“Kneeling doesn’t even feel like enough to protest,” the WNBA star explained “I don’t want to hear the anthem, I don’t want to stand out there. I don’t want to be anywhere near it, because it’s ridiculous that justice and freedom are just not offered to everybody equally.”
Seattle’s Breanna Stewart, added more light to the protest and dedicated to Breanna Taylor.
“We were debuting the season and the momentum for what we do off the court is just as important — if not more important — than what we do on the court.” Stewart said “and we really wanted to take advantage of that and continue to highlight things that we need to be better in this world. And that starts with getting justice for Breanna Taylor and her family.”