“…the Lynx and the WNBA have been saddened by the recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas….the players’ message mourned the loss of life.” – Ashley Carlson, Lynx Spokeswoman WNBA
Four off-Duty police officers (who choose to rename nameless) abandoned their security post at the Minnesota Lynx game in Target Stadium last Saturday and walked out after seeing the players warm up shirts supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Four players of the WNBA team including captains Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, and Lindsay Whalen wore the t-shirts displaying “Change Starts With Us, Justice and Accountability” paying tribute to Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and a Dallas Police Department shield for the five police officers killed in the Dallas shootings, with Black Lives Matter on the bottom. Ashley Carlson, Lynx spokeswoman for the Lynx Team said the players will not be wearing the #BlackLivesMatter t-shirts against the San Antonio Stars Saturday.
“The Lynx organization was made aware about the concerns of the off duty Minneapolis police officers,”…. “While our players message mourned the loss of life due to last week’s shootings, we respect the right of those individual officers to express their own beliefs in their own way. … We continue to urge a constructive discussion about the issues raised by these tragedies.”
Lt. Bob Kroll President of the Minneapolis Police Federation supports the officers for refusing to work the games of the Lynx and says other officers may do the day thing in the future. Despite the Lynx supporting the five officers who got shot as well, that gesture went unnoticed as the officers who chose to rename nameless took their names of the list of officers to work future games. The Lynx’s next home game will be on Friday night against the New York Liberty. Lt. Kroll continued to throw shots at the Lynx players “They only have four officers working the event because the Lynx have such a pathetic draw.” The Lynx did end up winning that game over Dallas 93-56, so that shut him down there. They are the defending WNBA Champions The officers taking a stand of their own is shown to the public in both ways…1) They don’t approve of supporting #BlackLivesMatter, or 2) They don’t support the honoring of the officers names on the t-shirts with the same one’s slain by officers. It’s a tense time as sports are a multi-racial activity and used as entertainment for all to see and enjoy. People look at athletes as role models and everyone in the public eye are taking stances and speaking out, protesting, etc. Last night at the ESPY Awards four members of the NBA took a stance shoulder-to-shoulder to support #BlackLivesMatter and speak out about the topic. I wonder if anyone walked out of the awards audience or if the officers refused to play for any NBA games.
“If the players are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there…” – Lt. Bob Kroll, President Minneapolis Police Federation
People are now questioning the actions of the police officers saying if they act like this off duty, how do they act while they are on duty. The players were merely honoring people slain through gun violence and racial profiling.