Indiana Fever kneel in protest during national anthem

Following in the footsteps of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, every member of the WNBA's Indiana Fever protested police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem before Wednesday night's single-elimination playoff matchup against the Phoenix Mercury.

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Two Mercury players also chose to kneel after two more African-American men were killed in police shootings in the past week. 

Fever coach Stephanie White praised her players for taking a stand during the anthem. 

"I'm proud of y'all for doing that together, being in that together," she said on ESPN's broadcast. "It's big, it's bigger than basketball." 

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Earlier this season, the Fever were among three WNBA teams to wear warmup T-shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement — and out of honor for the Dallas police officers killed during protests in July. The league elected to fine the Fever, Mercury and New York Liberty $5,000 each for failure "to comply with the league’s uniform guidelines."

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innesota Lynx initially brought the demonstration to the WNBA before a July 10 game, but stopped after the WNBA sent a memo warning of the uniform policy.