MINNEAPOLIS — The WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, including a pair of players with Baton Rouge connections, voiced support for change Saturday night.
The team wore black warmup shirts that read on the front, “Change starts with us. Justice & Accountability.” On the back of the shirt were the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two men fatally shot by police officers this past week in Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Also on the back was the Dallas police shield above the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”
Team captains Rebekkah Brunson and Maya Moore spoke before a game against the Dallas Wings. The two were flanked by Minnesota’s other captains, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus. Augustus is a Baton Rouge native and former LSU star; also on the team is former LSU standout Sylvia Fowles.
“If we take this time to see that this is a human issue and speak out together, we can greatly decrease fear and create change,” Moore said. “We will be wearing shirts to honor and mourn the losses of precious American citizens and to plea for change in all of us.”
Moore also spoke during the nearly five-minute news conference about the Dallas shooting, where five police officers were killed on Thursday night. She praised the city’s effort on leading the way in “de-escalation training and other efforts that led to a noticeable drop in the number of shootings by officers in the last few years.”