23 June 2020

WNBA star Natasha Cloud sacrifices 2020 season to focus on BLM

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud has announced she will not take part in the 2020 season in order to focus on social justice reform. 

The 28 year-old, who is a WNBA 2019 champion, will not be looking for back-to-back titles but will instead be fighting on the front line for social reform as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

She said on Instagram: "This has been one of the toughest decisions of my career. But, I will be forgoing the 2020 WNBA season. 

"There’s a lot of factors that led to this decision, but the biggest being that I am more than an athlete.

"I have a responsibility to myself, to my community, and to my future children to fight for something that is much bigger than myself and the game of basketball.

“I will instead, continue the fight on the front lines for social reform, because until black lives matter, all lives can’t matter.”

Cloud, who has played with the Mystics for five seasons, marched on June 19 in Washington as part of the movement. 

The 2020 WNBA season is set to resume on July 22.

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