Following their season opener against the Atlanta Dream, Arike Ogunbowale, Allisha Gray, and Isabelle Harrison of the Dallas Wings dedicated their postgame media availability to seeking justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year old African-American paramedic who was murdered in her sleep by police in early March.
“We’re just focused on Breonna Taylor and getting justice,” said Ogunbowale in response to a question about the game, “So that’s, really, you know, all I have to answer for today.” Ogunbowale and her teammates exclusively answered questions about Taylor, police violence, and the WNBA’s efforts to respond to these issues throughout the press conference.
“We’re still waiting on the cops that killed Breonna Taylor to get arrested,” added Allisha Gray, “So my focus is to speak on Breonna Taylor.”
The WNBA and its players have taken several measures to honor Breonna Taylor this season, including printing “Black Lives Matter” on the court and, notably, Breonna Taylor’s name on the backs of jerseys.
“I’m blessed to wear this name,” said Arike Ogunbowale in response to a question from Sports Are From Venus’ Dani Bar-Lavi, “Obviously she’s not here right now, she didn’t get to wake up today. She didn’t get to play a sport. She didn’t get to go hang with her family. So, definitely, we’re dedicating this season to her and all the people, you know, that’ve been victims of police brutality and social injustice. That’s definitely what we’re trying to exemplify during the season.”
“The importance for this is to keep the spotlight where it needs to be kept,” said Isabelle Harrison, wearing a shirt that read ‘We Are Breonna Taylor’. “We’re all standing together and speaking her name continuously so she’s not forgotten and she gets the justice she deserves.” Harrison has helped lead the Wings’ on social justice through her “#IAm” project, a line of t-shirts raising funds for the Black Lives Matter campaign. “I did #IAm with an open space to basically fill in for whatever you feel like you’re bringing towards this fight,” Harrison said about the project, “I’m gonna use my platform as best as I can to bring justice to the victims that’ve been, you know, abused by gun violence and police brutality.”
The Dallas Wings will continue their commitment to the BlackLivesMatter movement, and to Breonna Taylor, throughout the WNBA season.
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