The Wizards have been very outspoken in recent months about social justice issues and on Friday used their platform in a show of solidarity with the Phoenix Suns by kneeling during the national anthem ahead of their first game of the NBA's restart.
The act of unity was the same as what the teams who played on opening night on Thursday did. The Jazz and Pelicans kneeled together for the first game, then the Lakers and Clippers followed suit in the nightcap.
The Wizards and Suns' players and coaches all wore shirts that read 'Black Lives Matter' as the anthem was played. The same message was displayed on the court and on screens in the arena.
The players and coaches locked arms as they kneeled.
The Wizards are kneeling for today's anthem along with the Suns. The 🐐 D.C. Washington sang it. pic.twitter.com/69o2BmfLFI— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) July 31, 2020
This was just one effort the Wizards have made recently to raise awareness for social justice. They also marched with the Mystics on June 19 from Capital One Arena to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. And the organization has outlined a serious of initiatives to mobilize voters ahead of the November election.
Friday was their most public display yet. Expect them to continue the conversation in other ways throughout their time in Orlando.
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