Indiana Fever fans react to team kneeling during anthem

Members of the Indiana Fever kneel during the playing of the national anthem before the start of of a first round WNBA playoff basketball game, against the Phoenix Mercury, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Members of the Indiana Fever kneel during the playing of the national anthem before the start of of a first round WNBA playoff basketball game, against the Phoenix Mercury, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A movement started last month to draw attention to racial oppression and inequality made its way to Indianapolis last night.

Facebook comments on WISH-TV's Facebook page regarding the Fever players kneeling for the national anthem. (WISH Photo)
Facebook comments on WISH-TV’s Facebook page regarding the Fever players kneeling for the national anthem. (WISH Photo)

The entire Indiana Fever team took a knee during the national anthem at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

This movement was started in August by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but this is the first time a team as participated as a whole.

The story is getting a lot of attention on social media. Many people say they disagree with the team’s actions.

Others say they support the team and the peaceful way they choose to protest.

On Thursday afternoon, Pacers Sports & Entertainment released the following statement:

During the Indiana Fever versus Phoenix Mercury playoff game last night, the Fever players conducted a silent protest by kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem.  While Pacers Sports & Entertainment believes that our players should follow WNBA protocol, which is to stand respectfully during the anthem, we also understand that they have the right to have their voices heard.  We are very proud of our role in serving the community in Indianapolis and it is our hope going forward that we can collaborate with the players in a positive way, create opportunities for meaningful discussions, and contribute to a stronger, safer and more unified community.”

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