Arriving for their matchup with the Atlanta Dream, the Washington Mystics joined others in the basketball world by making a statement that they would not remain silent on the issues of racial injustice and police brutality in the country.
Players were seen wearing white t-shirts that each contained a letter to spell out the name Jacob Blake. Blake, 29, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday while trying to get in his car and is currently paralyzed from the waist down.
Head coach Mike Thibault wore a shirt that had the number "7" on it to signify the seven times Blake was shot. Players also had holes in the back of their shirts as a symbol of where Blake was shot.
The @WashMystics right now.. (with markings signifying the 7 gunshot wounds on the backs of their t-shirts...) pregame in Bradenton, FL.... 7:00pm scheduled tip off vs the @AtlantaDream on @espn 2... @WNBA #WNBA (Photo: @itsthebaldgirl 📸) pic.twitter.com/0iUGUxcUOg— ChristyWintersScott (@ChristyWScott51) August 26, 2020
The act by the Mystics comes shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks sent shockwaves through the sports world when the team decided to boycott their Game 5 matchup against the Magic in order to bring greater attention to the issues at hand. The NBA postponed the other matchups on Wednesday as well as other teams were planning similar gestures. It is unclear what will transpire for the league in the coming days.
Washington has been vocal and active on the issues of racial injustice and police brutality in the past several months following the shootings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor earlier this year. The team -- along with the Washington Wizards -- organized a march in Washington D.C. on Juneteeth to raise awareness. Star guard Natasha Cloud opted out of the 2020 WNBA season in order to turn all her attention toward creating change in society.
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