'It's Bigger Than Basketball,' WNBA Fever Team Kneel Together During National Anthem

Across different leagues and sports around the world, athletes have come together to take a kneel for police brutality and racial inequality.

The Indiana Fever team kneeled together Wednesday night, marking the first time an entire professional team has protested together.

They were joined by two Mercury players, Mistie Bass and Kelsey Bone — but the other Mercury players remained standing.

The WNBA players were following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who received criticism for kneeling during the national anthem in an effort to raise awareness for the oppression of minorities.

Before the national anthem protests, we've seen many other players take action on the court. In July, the WNBA fined the Liberty team for wearing "Black Lives Matter" t-shirts, but the fines were later withdrawn.

"I think it's important that us as players being able to utilize our voice. And being able to basically stand united for what matters to us," Fever forward Tamkia Catchings said to USA Today.

Although this movement has been controversial, athletes taking a knee or locking arms during the national anthem is uniting people for a critical cause.

Indiana Coach Stephanie White told her team that she is proud to see what she characterized as an important gesture.

"I'm proud of ya'll for doing that together, it’s bigger than basketball."

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