Tamika Catchings Speaks Out About Cop Killings
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings spoke out on her role in protesting the recent police-involved shootings of two Black men and the deaths of five Black Dallas police officers.
Following the Fever’s 82-70 victory over the New York Liberty, Catchings talked about why the players decided to get involved.
“One thing that kinda really [has] taken ahold of all of the players is really focusing on Black Lives Matter,” she said in a video interview with Excelle Sports. “I think it’s important that you know…us as players [are] able to utilize our voice and [am] able to basically stand united for what matters to us. Unfortunately we’ve gotten fined and all of that, but we’ve kinda had to take it upon ourselves as players and individuals, as a team to be able to talk about what matters to us.”
On Thursday, the league fined the Indiana Fever, the New York Liberty and the Phoenix Mercury teams $5,000 each for wearing black warm-up shirts in protest of the shootings. The players were fined $500 each.
Watch Catchings elaborate on the Black Lives Matter movement below.
Photo: Tamika Catchings, Associated Press