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We’re used to seeing gamers and homeowners of professional sports activities groups throw their names behind presidential candidates, but it surely’s exceedingly uncommon for a full staff and group to endorse a ticket. The Seattle Storm took that step immediately by formally endorsing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vp.
“Be a part of us in help of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris,” the staff wrote in a tweet. Co-owners Daybreak Trudeau and Ginny Gilder additionally launched brief statements on Twitter, with Gilder writing, “We don’t typically endorse candidates, however these are NOT typical occasions.” Trudeau added, “There is no such thing as a doubt who we support in this election.”
The WNBA is thought for being a frontrunner in social justice, so it solely is smart that its newly topped 2020 champions would lead the cost with this extraordinary endorsement. Having formally devoted the 2020 season to social justice, the WNBA confirmed outspoken help for the #SayHerName campaign and protested the capturing of Jacob Blake. Gamers additionally joined collectively to help Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Senate candidate operating towards incumbent and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, who opposed the WNBA’s vocal stance for social justice. That motion was led by Seattle Storm star Sue Hen, who has emerged as a WNBA chief on social justice alongside WNBA Gamers’ Affiliation President Nneka Ogwumike, WNBA Social Justice Council member Layshia Clarendon, and plenty of others. Different gamers even opted out of this season to proceed the struggle.
“Any girls’s skilled sports activities league lives at the corner of business, sport, and social change by advantage of the massive quantity of sexism that exists on this nation with respect to girls and sport,” Storm co-owner Gilder advised the Seattle Instances. “The WNBA, powered by its gamers, is changing into extra vocal as a result of the leaders within the league and the homeowners consider our gamers’ voices must be amplified.” As WNBA gamers cement their standing as social-justice leaders, it is clear that there is no “simply follow sports activities” message on this league.
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— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) October 21, 2020