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WNBAs Sparks Stay In Locker Room During Anthem

WNBAs Sparks Stay In Locker Room During Anthem

The Los Angeles Sparks remained in their locker room during the national anthem before Game 1 of their WNBA Finals matchup with the Minnesota Lynx, joining NFL teams in protesting President Donald Trump’s remarks referring to former 49er Colin Kaepernick as a “son of a bitch” and stating that players who protested the anthem should be “fired.”   "We agreed on unity and solidarity," Sparks forward and WNBA player’s union president Nneka Ogwumike told ESPN. " We wanted our team to stick together."   "There's nobody who loves my country more than me," added Sparks center/forward Candace Parker. “[But] I feel I can't kneel before the flag; I have too much respect and pride to do that.”   Their opponent, the Minnesota Lynx also protested, linking their arms at the free throw line during the anthem.   Activism in the WNBA is not new, as five teams (New York, Indiana, Phoenix, Minnesota, and Dallas) all wore pre-game shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement back in 2016, well before Kaepernick famously started kneeling during the anthem last season.   “Our players are some of the most socially conscious that you will ever find,” WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders told reporters before the Sparks-Lynx Finals opener. “You have seen that in the years before I got here, and I’m sure it will continue in the future.”   The Sparks won Sunday’s WNBA Finals Game 1, 85-84 on a Chelsea Gray game-winning jumper with two seconds left.   For more basketball news go to http://www.blacktoptv.com/


NBA’s Ben Gordon: 14 Pts, 6 Assts In D-League Debut

Ben Gordon: 14 Pts, 6 Assts In NBADL Debut

Former NBA player and UConn star Ben Gordon had 14 points and 6 assists for the Texas Legends in his NBA D-League debut, a…

Nets Sign D-League’s Quincy Acy To 2-Yr Deal

Nets Sign D-League’s Quincy Acy To 2-Yr Deal

The Brooklyn Nets have signed the D-League’s Quincy Acy to a two-year contract.

 

The 6-7, 240-pound forward averaged 17.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 12…

Lakers Sign Marquette’s Vander Blue

Marquette’s Vander Blue D-League Player Of Week

Former Marquette star Vander Blue has been named the NBA D-League’s Performer of the Week for the second time this season.

 

The 6-4, 200-pound shooting…

D-League Elite Mini Camp To Be Held May 8-9

Hawks New ‘17-18 NBADL Team To Debut In Erie PA

The Atlanta Hawks’ new D-League team will being play in 2017-18 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

 

The club will also be there in the 2018-19 season before…

Lakers Sign G League & VCU Star Briante Weber

VCU’s Briante Weber D-League Player Of Month

Former VCU star Briante Weber has been named the NBA D-League Player of the Month.

 

The 6-2 point guard averaged of 21.5 points, 8.3 assists,…

Warriors Sign D-League’s Briante Weber To 10-Day Pact

Warriors Sign D-League’s Weber To 10-Day Pact

The Golden State Warriors have signed the D-League’s Briante Weber to a 10-day contract.

 

The 6-2 point guard is the NBADL’s steals leader and is…

NBAs Ben Gordon Signs DLeague DealNEW360

D-League’s Ben Gordon: Cavs Could Use Me

Former NBA player and UConn star Ben Gordon, who is making a comeback with the D-League’s Texas Legends, says the world champion Cavs could…

Mavs Sign D-League’s Yogi Ferrell To 2-Year Pact

Mavs Sign D-League’s Yogi Ferrell To 2-Yr Pact

D-League player and former Indiana star Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell has signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

 

The 6-0 guard had originally signed a…

Sky Trade 2015 MVP Elena Delle Donne To Mystics

Sky Trade 2015 MVP Elena Delle Donne To Mystics

The Chicago Sky have traded 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne to the Washington Mystics in blockbuster move that shook the league.

 

In return, the…

NBADL D-Fenders To Become South Bay Lakers

NBADL D-Fenders To Become South Bay Lakers

The NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders will become the South Bay Lakers next season.

 

The move honors the name of one of the NBA’s classic…

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