Even with several noteworthy players announcing their intent to not play this year, all indications are (unless something changes between now and late July) that there will be a WNBA season and it will be sequestered at Florida’s IMG Academy.
This despite a rising virus case load in the Bradenton area and Florida as a whole.
Angel McCoughtry, in her first season with the Las Vegas Aces, announced her intention to play – and also wants this season to be as much about activism as it may be wins and losses.
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I will be playing this upcoming @wnba and I am looking forward to continue to fight social injustice issues while playing and supporting front line workers. ⠀ ⠀ I am currently working with the @lvaces and @wnba to use our voices, our uniforms, and our sport to continue to impact and create real change. I am creating a petition (LINK IN BIO) to allow players the ability to put the FIRST & LAST NAME of HUMAN BEINGS that who have been injured or KILLED in incidents involving POLICE BRUTALITY! Even Front line workers during the pandemic The goal is also to create a relationship with the families of who’s name the athlete has chosen. This is a way to use our platform to be a helping hand during these trying times. Silence is an ally for EVIL and when sports resume WE WILL NOT BE SILENT. ⠀ ⠀ #SayTheirNames ⠀ #blacklivesmatter ⠀ #thetimeisnow
McCoughtry started a petition at Change.org for WNBA jerseys to include the first and last names to include victims of police killings on the back of said jerseys.
Her petition as of now has over 1,300 signatures. Several WNBA players – including the Atlanta Dream’s Renee Montgomery and the Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud announced recently they will sit out this season to address systemic racism.
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) June 22, 2020