Team members for the WNBA team Minnesota Lynx wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts during warm ups that had the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling on them, so called offended four off-duty police officers who were providing security at Saturday night’s who in turned walked off the job.
Sterling was fatally shot by police outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last Wednesday. Less than 24 hours later, Castile was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in Minnesota.
Last Thursday night, five police officers were killed in a ambush by a man who went on a shooting rampage in Dallas during a police brutality protest.
The irony in all of this is the back of shirt also had a Dallas Police Shield honoring the fallen officers to. The front of the t-shirt stated, “Change Starts With Us — Justice and Accountability” on the front and then had Castile and Sterling’s names on the back, along with the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”
The officers who were working the game walked out and have removed their names from the list of officers available to work future games.
“I commend them for it,” Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
This is a punk move by the Minnesota officers. Several innocent victims lost their life last week not just Dallas Police Officers. There has to be accountability on both sides for change to take place.
Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson said the team was wearing the shirts “to honor and mourn the loss of precious American citizens and to plead change for all of us.”