LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks received a letter from a Minnesota fan who thanked them for taking a stand and going into the locker room for the national anthem before the first two games of the WNBA Finals.
While there were a lot of boos before Game 2, the fan wanted to make sure the Sparks players knew there were also a lot of people applauding their stance.
“(In the letter), she expressed her respect and honored what we did going into the locker room, representing the women in sports and what we’re dealing with right now,” Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike said. “That kind of stuff really means a lot. So thanks, Jessica. I think her name was Jessica. I think that’s awesome. I would hope our fans would understand as well. I think everyone knows right now it’s all about unity, togetherness and acceptance.”
Los Angeles isn’t sure what type of reception they’ll get from their fans on Friday before Game 3 of the series, but they most likely will stay in the locker room for the anthem again.
“I go to drop my daughter (Lailaa, 8) off at school and there’s every race, every ethnicity, every religion, everything at her school. I get spoiled with that. I think that’s normal, you know? And it’s not,” Candace Parker said. “I think you have to respect the growth of other parts of the county and the growth of other things. I respect it. But, you have to respect me as well and my opinions. You have the right to boo. It’s the First Amendment. Boo. Boo all you want. Don’t agree with me, but we’re still going to do it.”
While the Sparks have stayed in the locker room, the Lynx have remained on the court locking arms.
“It was a symbol of unity and also wanting to take advantage of that moment to highlight the lack of unity in certain places and the call to stand unified,” said Lynx center Maya Moore. “That’s what the locking of the arms was for us.”
Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles, the MVP of the WNBA, respects the decision of the Sparks to protest in whatever way they choose.
“I really don’t see a problem with it. I think it’s what the team agreed upon,” Fowles said. “Our team, we just tried…