NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New York Liberty and Seattle Storm kicked off the WNBA season on Saturday with a peaceful protest: both teams left the court before the national anthem and returned to their locker rooms.
Both teams also observed a 26-second moment of silence in honor of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old who was killed in her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Taylor's name was also on the back of the jerseys, and pre-game, players wore shirts that said "Black Lives Matter" on the front and "Say Her Name" on the back.
“We are dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor, an outstanding EMT who was murdered over 130 days ago in her home,” Liberty point guard Layshia Clarendon said at mid-court, alongside Storm player Breanna Stewart, before the opening tip-off at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Clarendon continued, "Breonna Taylor was dedicated and committed to uplifting everyone around here. We are also dedicating this season to #SayHerName campaign, a campaign committed to saying the names and fighting for justice of Black women – Black women are so often forgotten in this fight for justice, who don’t have people marching in the streets for them. We will say her name. Sandra Bland. Atatiana Jefferson. Dominique Remy Fells. Breonna Taylor. We will be a voice for the voiceless.”
The New York Liberty donated $25,000 to the African American Policy Forum and the #SayHerName campaign.