The WNBA has reversed course and rescinded fines levied earlier this week for carrying protest t-shirts throughout warmups, in violation of the league’s warmup coverage.
“All of us on the WNBA have the utmost respect and appreciation for our gamers expressing themselves on issues vital to them,” league president Lisa Borders mentioned in an announcement Saturday. “Whereas we count on gamers to adjust to league guidelines and uniform pointers, we additionally perceive their need to make use of their platform to handle vital societal points.”
“On condition that the league will now be suspending play till August 26th for the Olympics, we plan to make use of this time to work with our gamers and their union on methods for the gamers to make their views recognized to their followers and the general public and we now have knowledgeable the gamers that we’re rescinding the recently-imposed fines.”
The New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury, Indiana Fever and their gamers have been fined for carrying shirts throughout warmups in response to the latest deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and 5 Dallas law enforcement officials killed throughout a protest rally.
“We wish to have the ability to use our platforms, use our voices. We don’t need to let anybody silence us in what we need to discuss,”