"I'm proud of y'all for doing that together. Being in that together," Fever head coach Stephanie White told the team in a pre-game huddle recorded by ESPN. "That's big. That's big. It's bigger than basketball, right? Bigger than basketball. Alright? So let's go out and let's use that energy. Let's use that togetherness on the floor."
A handful of members from Mercury also knelt, reports ABC affiliate WRTV.
"That's the great thing about our team is we will sit down and have open-minded conversations," said Fever point guard Briann January. "Tonight, after having conversations about the recent incidents that have gone on, we came together and we were united in making that stand. Our hope is to really create conversations."
"There's a respectful way to affect social change," White added in a post-game interview, saying that she didn't know about the protest beforehand but that she supported it. "Any time our players have a conversation about doing it in a respectful way, I appreciate that and I applaud them for that."