Basketball Team's Shirts Prompt Minneapolis Police To Leave The Venue (Photos)

When members of the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx recently wore warm-up T-shirts with a political message after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who were both fatally shot by police officers, that apparently upset some of the off-duty police officers who work security at the games.

Apparently, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers who were hired to work security for the Lynx game chose to leave their posts at the Target Center when they saw the team wearing the warm up shirts supporting Black Lives Matter.

The warm up shirts worn by the players were printed with "Change starts with us. Justice and accountability" on the front. (Note that accountability is a Lynx team slogan.) The back of the shirts had the names of Castile and Sterling, the Dallas Police Department shield and "Black Lives Matter" printed across the bottom.

The four officers who left in protest have also taken their names off a list to work future Lynx games.

Lynx spokeswoman Ashley Carlson noted that this was a one-time statement and the players would not be wearing the warm up shirts in question at their next game in San Antonio.

Carlson also noted the Lynx and the WNBA are saddened by the recent loss of life in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas. She pointed out the players' message was intended to mourn the loss of life.

The statement also noted the Lynx organization is aware of the concerns of the Minneapolis officers and respects the right of individual officers to express their own beliefs as they see fit.

Source: ESPN
Photo: ESPN, NY Daily News

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