Entire Fever team kneels during national anthem before playoff game

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Prior to the Indiana Fever’s WNBA playoff opener against the Phoenix Mercury Tuesday night, the entire team knelt as the national anthem was played.

Two Mercury players also knelt during the anthem.

Phoenix Mercury's Kelsey Bone, right, and Mistie Bass, second from right, kneel during the playing of the national anthem before the start of a first round WNBA playoff basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Phoenix Mercury’s Kelsey Bone, right, and Mistie Bass, second from right, kneel during the playing of the national anthem before the start of a first round WNBA playoff basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

In recent weeks, several athletes across the nation, including U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe have joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick has said his action is an effort to bring attention to racial inequality.

This isn’t the first time this season Fever players made a statement before a game. In July, the team and players were initially fined by the WNBA for wearing black warmup shirts before a game. The fines were later rescinded by the league.

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