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On Thursday, the WNBA fined the organizations and players of the New York Liberty, Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury for wearing black warmup shirts to express their concern about recent incidents of violence by and against police officers. As it happened, the only WNBA game on the schedule Thursday was a Liberty-Fever matchup, and after the game, players from both sides made it clear that they would not be deterred from speaking out on social issues.

In fact, the New York and Indiana players refused to take questions about basketball from media members in their respective locker rooms, expressing a willingness to discuss anything else. With her teammates assembled behind her, Liberty forward Swin Cash made a statement about the game, an 82-70 Fever win, and then Tanisha Wright stepped forward.

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