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WNBA Fines Players for “Political” Shirts

The WNBA fined three of the league’s teams and their players for wearing black warm-up shirts in protest of recent police shootings.

TIME reports the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever were fined $5,000 each and the players were fined $500 each.

Members of the New York Liberty wore the black shirts four times. The Mercury and Fever both wore them on Tuesday night.

“Don’t say we have a voice and then fine us because we use it. #notpuppets #cutthestrings,” Phoenix Mercury forward Mistie Bass tweeted.

Two weeks ago, 37-year-old Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge and 32-year-old Philando Castile lost their lives at the hands of police. Both incidents were caught on camera and sparked mass nation protest.

At a protest in Dallas soon after, five police officers were killed by a gunman targeting cops. In sum, twelve were injured, including a civilian.