At a WNBA game in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Lynx players donned shirts that were so offensive that the off-duty police officers who were there as security left their posts. Why? Because the players reportedly wore shirts that featured the names of two black men who were recently fatally shot in police altercations as a way “to honor and mourn the losses of precious American citizens and to plead for change in all of us.”
The officers did not see these shirts as anything more than anti-police protest and decided to leave their posts. And it had a great outcome! By standing up to the instigators the officers achieved something very important. The spokeswoman for the team, Ashley Calson, said that although the Lynx players were saddened by the deaths of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling, the team will not be wearing these shirts to any future games.
There has been a lot of support for the officers from citizens as well.
America Now reports:
Many readers applauded the officers for taking a stand against the players who supported Black Lives Matter.
“These sport people are getting as bad as the Hollywood morons. They all live in their own little world. These people that wear crap like this need to quit playing sports and put on a uniform and badge and tell me how that works for them just trying to make it thru their shift and go home to the family alive. Other wise they need to shut the hell up,” one Newsiosity reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
” would have walked out too. Too bad somebody didn’t retaliate on them with no one to protect them. The days of BLM power over the police (they think) is over. They got away with that crap when Obummer was in office, but Trump isn’t gonna let this continue. He respects the police and military and expects the same respect from every American. This is how we make America great again!!!!” another wrote.
“Maybe people should pay more attention to crime statistics and patterns when considering profiling complaints. These young women may also want to consider if the their behavior is consistent with a solution or simply a part of the problem that seems to have been exacerbated in the last two decades. There are many problems in life that we all must deal with, but enlarge, law enforcement is far more beneficial to communities than not,” another added.