In WNBA, $5,000 is the price of social conscience

There seems to be plenty of irony to go around in the WNBA’s decision to fine players $500 and the three teams on which they play $5,000 for wearing unapproved team attire.

The league fined the New York, Indiana, and Phoenix teams for wearing shirts that, technically, didn’t say anything, but were a statement in the wake of police shootings and shootings of police.

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

“We are proud of WNBA players’ engagement and passionate advocacy for non-violent solutions to difficult social issues but expect them to comply with the league’s uniform guidelines,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Three teams, including the Minnesota Lynx, that wore T-shirts that did says something were not fined.

Photo: Minnesota Lynx

The Lynx only wore their T-shirts once, and said they’d turn to other ways to address social issues.

The fines come after the league, which issued a statement of support after the Lynx’ original protest, sent players a reminder of proper uniform policy.

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