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Wizards take team photo wearing shirts promoting ‘equality,’ ‘justice,’ ‘accountability’

The Washington Wizards used their team photo shoot this year to make a big statement.

The NBA team on Tuesday shared with the public their 2020-21 team photo and a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together. Each member of the roster wore black T-shirts with the words “Equality”, “Justice”, and “Accountability” emblazoned on them. Wizards coaches and staff members wore black in solidarity with the players. 

 

The team explained in a NBA.com article the reason why they decided to break tradition.

“It’s definitely a statement piece for us,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal said in the article. “Obviously, we’re a team and we do everything together. We’re still citizens of this country and this world. This is us just choosing a few words that we kind of live by, that we kind of hold ourselves to as men and as teammates. Hopefully, the rest of the world can follow suit and do the same as we try to make it a better place.”

The Wizards also took a team photo with their team’s COVID-19 medical workers, thanking them for keeping the team safe throughout the season. 

The franchise has used their platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement and racial justice protests that spread nationwide last summer. Players for the Wizards and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics took to the streets of Washington on Juneteenth to march with protesters. 

Wizards guard is also an executive producer of the History Channel’s documentary “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre”, which details the burning and massacre of Black businesses in Tulsa, Oklahoma is set to premiere on May 30. 



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