Police Walk Off WNBA Game Over Black Lives Matter Jerseys
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working a WNBA game walked off their security jobs at Target Center arena after some Minnesota Lynx players wore pregame warm-up jerseys supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
The shirts worn Saturday listed the names of two black men fatally shot by police in Minnesota and Louisiana. The shirts also showed the Dallas police shield above the phrase "Black Lives Matter."
Five officers in Dallas were fatally shot Thursday by a sniper during a protest over the two slayings.
Lynx spokeswoman Ashley Carlson says the players would not be wearing the BLM clothing Tuesday against the Stars in San Antonio.
Carlson's statement says the Lynx and the WNBA have been saddened by the recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas. She says the players' message mourned the loss of life.
Carlson says the Lynx organization was made aware of concerns of the Minneapolis officers and respects the rights of individual officers to express their own beliefs in their own way.