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WNBA's Indiana Fever players kneel together during national anthem before playoff game

WNBA's Indiana Fever players kneel together during national anthem before playoff game

Going into their winner-take-all WNBA playoff game against Phoenix on Wednesday night, the Indiana Fever players knew it might be their last chance to do something that guard-forward Marissa Coleman described as “bigger than basketball.”

So while the national anthem played before the game, every Indiana player knelt with their arms locked.

Taking a knee during the anthem has become a popular way for some athletes to peacefully protest social injustice in recent weeks since San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick started doing so during the NFL preseason.

But the Fever are thought to be the first professional team to take the action as a...

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