Wednesday night was the first time an entire professional team knelt together during the anthem
As demonstrators filled streets in Charlotte, N.C. to protest the police shooting of a black man, the Fever players showed offered their own version of protest of police shootings, adding to the series of athletes who have recently knelt during the national anthem. Two members of the opposing Phoenix Mercury team also knelt while the music played, the New York Times reports.
The players did not tell their coach Stephanie White about the plan to kneel beforehand, but star player Tamika Catchings said White praised the players afterward.
“When we got into the huddle,” Catchings said, according to USA Today, “[White] looked at each one of us and said she was proud of us.”
The Fever ended up losing to the Mercury 89-78, ending their season.