WNBA Fines Three Teams For Their Anti-Violence Apparel

Following the several recent incidents of police brutality and shootings, a few WNBA players chose to wear black shirts during warm-ups in order to bring awareness to the world and send a strong message that black lives actually do matter. The women ballers fighting for a change were taken aback when their actions cost them a pretty penny.

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According to the WNBA, the ladies’ attire was a violation to their uniform policy, which states uniforms cannot be altered in any way. Although they continued to wear adidas, who endorses the WNBA, any additional words or creativity added to their apparel is considered going against their uniform policy. The WNBA fined the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, and Phoenix Mercury teams $5,000 dollars each, and pulled $500 from every player that participated in wearing black.

“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.

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In spite of the fact that earlier this week the league sent the teams a reminder about their dress code policy, the Liberty’s have responded to compromising, in hopes of coming to a medium ground with the higher ups while still standing for what they believe in. They will now be tackling the issue by wearing the New York team’s normal black shirts, which holds the adidas logo in the corner.

Mistie Bass, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, is pissed about their retraction. She took to Twitter to vent about the countless tears she’s cried for the several injustices occurring in the world, to now not being able to showcase her concerns using her platform. She’s calling in as many people as possible to join her force for the WNBA’s faulty statement.

She even tweeted Indiana Fever player, Tamika Catchings’ response to the incident.

After the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, the WNBA immediately sent their players new gear to wear to show support for what was happening and that was considered okay.

Police officers abandoned their jobs just a few weeks ago after Minnesota Lynx players wore “Black Lives Matter” and “Change starts with us, justice, and accountability” t-shirts, yet they were not held accountable for running when they were placed under heat. Even following Eric Garner’s death, and the judicial system allowing the police officer who killed him to walk free, the NBA sported “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts, without being fined for their actions.

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So was the WNBA’s decision to fine all three teams justifiable?

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