Two members of the Washington Mystics 2019 title team, Natasha Cloud and Kristi Toliver, spent Saturday attending protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd.
Cloud, a Broomall, Pa. native located just 10 miles outside of Philadelphia, joined thousands of people in Philly on Saturday to protest.
The Mystics guard has been outspoken over the past few weeks regarding racial injustice, penning a powerful letter in The Players Tribune calling for individuals, particularly athletes, to not be silent on issues of race.
Toliver - Cloud's former teammate and now a member of the Los Angeles Sparks - also spent Saturday protesting racial injustice. Toliver, a former standout at the University of Maryland, posted a picture on her Instagram page from the protests in Washington, D.C.
Tina Charles, a seven-time WNBA All Star and the league's 2012 MVP who was traded to the Mystics this past April, attended Floyd's memorial service on Thursday afternoon in Brooklyn. Charles is a New York native and played five seasons for her hometown New York Liberty.
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In July 2016, myself and my WNBA family decided not to be silent in our support of the #BlackLivesMatterMovement for the remembrance of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile. I’m proud to see that nothing has changed in our efforts as we celebrate the life of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other African-American lives lost to police brutality and racist motives. What has changed, are the many individuals that have joined our forces on the frontline. Today, in Brooklyn at the Memorial Service, organized and led by Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, I was able to be apart of and witness the beauty of unity & love amongst one another in our efforts for change. Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. Mr. George Floyd, you are changing the world. Rest in Power.
"I was able to be apart of and witness the beauty of unity & love amongst one another in our efforts for change," Charles wrote. "Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. Mr. George Floyd, you are changing the world. Rest in Power."
On Saturday, the Mystics released a statement on behalf of their players and coaches in support of those fighting for justice.
"It’s time to listen. It’s time to hear the cries of our black communities. It’s time to become cognizant of the harsh reality of racism in our country," the statement read. "No longer can we hide this truth from ourselves. We must get out of our comfort zones and stand for what’s right."
Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a Minneapolis policeman on May 25. Protests have gone on for days across the country demanding justice in response.
Several other D.C. stars have taken active approaches to promote the Black Lives Matter movement over the past week, including Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Nationals closer Sean Doolittle and Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
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