WNBA Withdraws Fines Issued After Players Wore Shirts Supporting ‘Black Lives Matter’
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The WNBA decided to withdraw its fines against players that have been wearing t-shirts that show support of police brutality victims after an outcry from both players and the public. 

WNBA President Lisa Borders announced the league was rescinding the fines in a statement Saturday.

The players started wearing the t-shirts — which bore the names of police brutality victims  like Alton Sterling and Philando Castille — during warmups before games. 

Players took to social media to vent their frustrations, and even used their post-game interviews to discuss their displeasure at the fines. They have also received support from NBA players like Carmelo Anthony.

“While we expect players to comply with league rules and uniform guidelines, we also understand their desire to use their platform to address important societal issues,” Borders said in her statement.

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“Given that the league will now be suspending play until Aug. 26 for the Olympics, we plan to use this time to work with our players and their union on ways for the players to make their views known to their fans and the public.”

We are glad to see the women take a stand, no matter the outcome. 

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