After I took my computer and threw it out the window after I saw this video (kidding), I thought to myself, "well, isn't this a new approach!" I then remembered back in 2017, the Steelers stayed in the locker room during the national anthem. I also remember it being discussed that NFL teams were going to stay in the locker room during the national anthem before the 2019 season (I could be misremembering). So, I guess this isn't groundbreaking, but it is definitely different than the kneeling that we are seeing across all sports.
The tweet makes it seem as if they stormed off the court as the anthem was being played, but when you watch the video, it appears that they were all off the court before anything was played. Just basing that off the audio of the clip above.
This approach will get people talking. The video has 509k views already, probably the most any WNBA video has had in years. From that perspective, it worked. Some will love it, some will hate it. The move was to raise awareness for social justice, but it will have other effects as well. Will the WNBA lose fans because of this? I guess, but I'd also predict they'll gain some fans. It also reminds people that the WNBA is back, which may have fallen under the radar with all the other sports returning. Usually, the WNBA has the summer to itself outside of the MLB & MLS. Now, they will be competing with the NBA, NHL, MLS, and MLB.
I know everyone is clamoring for my take on this, but I'm going to pass. Honestly, I don't think you need the 23-year-old Barstool blogger's take on this.