The Washington Wizards used their workforce picture shoot this yr to make a giant assertion.
The NBA workforce on Tuesday shared with the general public their 2020-21 workforce picture and a behind-the-scenes have a look at the way it all got here collectively. Every member of the roster wore black T-shirts with the phrases “Equality”, “Justice”, and “Accountability” emblazoned on them. Wizards coaches and employees members wore black in solidarity with the gamers.
The workforce defined in a NBA.com article the explanation why they determined to interrupt custom.
“It’s positively an announcement piece for us,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal stated within the article. “Clearly, we’re a workforce and we do all the pieces collectively. We’re nonetheless residents of this nation and this world. That is us simply selecting a number of phrases that we type of dwell by, that we type of maintain ourselves to as males and as teammates. Hopefully, the remainder of the world can observe swimsuit and do the identical as we attempt to make it a greater place.”
The Wizards additionally took a workforce picture with their workforce’s COVID-19 medical employees, thanking them for conserving the workforce secure all through the season.
The franchise has used their platform to help the Black Lives Matter motion and racial justice protests that unfold nationwide final summer season. Gamers for the Wizards and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics took to the streets of Washington on Juneteenth to march with protesters.
Wizards guard Russell Westbrook can be an govt producer of the Historical past Channel’s documentary “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Bloodbath”, which particulars the burning and bloodbath of Black companies in Tulsa, Oklahoma is ready to premiere on Might 30.