WNBA Repeals Fines Regarding Black Lives Matter T-Shirts [PHOTO]
After the WNBA fined its players for wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts, which violates the league’s dress code, the association has withdrawn their costly penalties.
WNBA president Lisa Borders said in a statement Saturday (July 23) that the league was rescinding penalties given to the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing the shirts during pregame protests, which began after the shootings deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
As we previously reported, several basketball franchises were fined $5000 and the players were hit with a $500 penalty for wearing clothing in support of the BLM movement. In addition, Liberty forward Tina Charles, who was named the WNBA’s Player of the Month, wore her team warm ups inside out, refusing to show the branding, as a form of protest as well.
Borders also went on her Twitter account to show her support for the players. "Appreciate our players expressing themselves on matters important to them. Rescinding imposed fines to show them even more support," she tweeted.
"It's a huge win overall," said Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings, who is the president of the players' union, about the repeal (via ESPN). "I think more than anything I told [Borders] at times you're going to agree to disagree. With this, I'm really proud of the players standing strong and for utilizing their voices. Change starts with us. We have a social responsibility as well."
Liberty president Isiah Thomas concurs and added, "We commend Lisa Borders for recognizing how the players of the WNBA felt and the sensitive time that we're living in and being willing to re-evaluate their decision. We are also very proud of our players; the world is seeing what we already knew. They're truly incredible, thoughtful and talented individuals."
Check out WNBA President Lisa Borders' statement below.