Players for the three-time champion WNBA team, the Minnesota Lynx, decided they were going to wear shirts in support of Black Lives Matter onto the court before their game on Saturday, and the officers at the game left the entire arena stunned with their reaction to it.
Four off-duty Minneapolis Police officers had signed up to work security for the Lynx game against Dallas Saturday night, but they weren’t too happy seeing players for the team honoring Black Lives Matter after one of the group’s sympathizers massacred five police officers in Dallas. Apparently, some of the stars from the team denounced racial profiling during a press conference before the game, then they were seen on the court sporting shirts with the names of the two shooting victims from last week, reported the Star-Tribune.
Overcome with disgust for what they had witnessed, the four officers turned their backs to the court, then proceeded to leave the building, never to come back for the entire night.
More from the Tribune on what the players actually did:
The three-time WNBA champions wore black T-shirts that read “Change starts with us, justice and accountability” and on the back had Philando Castile’s and Alton Sterling’s names along with “Black Lives Matter” and a Dallas Police Department emblem.
At a pregame news conference, Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson said the players were “wearing shirts to honor and mourn the loss of precious American citizens and to plead change for all of us.”
“We are highlighting a longtime problem of racial profiling,” said forward Maya Moore, the 2014 WNBA MVP.
To their credit, the players also denounced the “senseless ambush” of the officers in Dallas, but the majority of their time was spent sympathizing with the BLM movement. Now do you see why the officers at the game were so upset?
Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, the union that represents the four officers who walked off the court, praised their actions at the game.
“I commend them for it,” he said.
Kroll noted that the same four officers who walked off the court took their names off of the list of officers to draw from for security in the future. He doesn’t know who the particular officers were, but he warned that they aren’t the only four upset about what the Lynx players did.
“Others said they heard about it and they were not going to work Lynx games,” he said, before he was asked if others would fill in for those who refuse to volunteer for security. “If [the players] are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there.”
Kroll said that since the Lynx games aren’t an on-duty assignment, officers are free to start or stop working them whenever they want. He was also asked about the rumors that seven or eight officers left the courts, to which he had a snarky response.
“They only have four officers working the event because the Lynx have such a pathetic draw,” he said.
Good on those officers for standing up for what they believe in. Black Lives Matter has become an anti-law enforcement organization that preaches hatred and intolerance for police, and their hateful rhetoric was directly responsible for the horrific murders of five cops in Dallas.
The irony in all of this is while folks within the BLM and their supporters decry police as having widespread problems with profiling and racism, the same police would still put their own lives on the line to save one of their lives, as we saw in Dallas. Although if they keep it up, that may not be the case in the future since you can only push people so far before they react, and after Dallas, it’s safe to say that police are probably reaching their limit.