The Connecticut Sun quoted Dr. Martin Luther King in their pregame statement.
The NBA is getting a ton of credit after its players chose to sit out of playoff games on Wednesday, and rightfully so given the way their protest spread across the sports landscape, but don’t forget the WNBA has been fighting this battle for social justice as long as anyone.
Remember, the WNBA devoted their season to Breonna Taylor and the “Say Her Name” movement, and these women has been as vocal as anyone over the past few months despite having much more to lose.
Case in point: On Friday night, before the Connecticut Sun’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Sun players took to one knee in a straight line, each of them holding up a piece of paper with one word written on it.
Together, their message said: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
The Connecticut Sun made a powerful statement quoting from MLK
Drawing inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Sun chose to draw attention to the fact that in this fight for social justice, those who sit on the sidelines can be just as detrimental to the cause as those who directly oppose it. Silence is complicity, and it takes good people everywhere standing up for real progress to materialize.
With each woman taking a knee and donning a Black Lives Matter shirt, each word in this MLK quote hit home for a league that’s been doing the work for months and even years now. As more and more prominent sports figures use their platforms to encourage others to join the cause for equality, the role the WNBA has played in that movement should not be lost on anyone.