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WNBA gamers react to Breonna Taylor settlement

All season, in Bradenton, Florida, WNBA gamers have worn warmup shirts with the phrases “Black Lives Matter” displayed on the entrance and “Say Her Name” on the again, together with Taylor’s title on their jerseys.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was introduced that the town of Louisville had agreed to pay $12 million to the household of Taylor and institute sweeping police reforms in a settlement of the household’s wrongful demise lawsuit.

“That’s it?” Angel McCoughtry of the Las Vegas Aces, who spearheaded the WNBA’s marketing campaign, stated to reporters when she was instructed of the information.

She later went on to say, “You know, yeah, they deserve millions, but first of all, that’s not a lot of millions. And then second of all, why aren’t they (the officers) arrested? What else do we need to do? What else do people need to see?”

Louisville agrees to pay Breonna Taylor's family $12 million and enact police reforms in historic settlement

When Brittney Sykes, who performs for the No. three seed Los Angeles Sparks, was requested what she thought in regards to the information on the settlement, she instantly requested, “They charge the cops?”

When she was instructed no, she then stated, “Then that’s my reaction.”

“I mean, yeah, money is cool, but did they charge the cops?” Sykes stated. “And they didn’t, so our job isn’t done.”

Sparks’ Candace Parker stated the settlement is “a step.”

“But this isn’t what our goal was,” she stated. “And obviously, we wear Breonna Taylor’s name on the back of our jersey, but she represents so many other women that have been killed because of police brutality. I think as a mother, there’s no amount of money that could take that away. So I don’t think that does anything.”

Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm had related ideas.

“My initial reactions are obviously, it’s a step in the right direction,” Stewart stated. “I think that a settlement is not justice. Money is not getting justice for Breonna Taylor or her family, and those officers still need to be arrested. I think that the spotlight has kind of been on Louisville and (Kentucky) Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and I hope that he continues to do what needs to be done and arrest her killers.”

There are eight groups on this yr’s WNBA playoffs. There are single-elimination video games for the primary and second rounds and a best-of-five format for the semifinals and finals. The Aces, who earned the No. 1 seed, and the No. 2 seed Storm every have acquired byes and will not take the court docket till the semifinals.

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