Washington Wizards and Mystics players will lead a march from Capital One Arena to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Juneteenth
Monumental Sports & Entertainment — the same company that owns the Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics — announced several new initiatives and investments to address police brutality and fight for social justice on Thursday. The news comes nearly a month after George Floyd’s senseless murder due to police brutality in Minneapolis that spurred national protests and inspired many athletes and NHL players to speak out against racism.
“Sports have a significant impact on the day-to-day life of any great community, and I believe that owning teams is a public trust,” Ted Leonsis said in a release. “My goal is for our organization to serve as a unifying force for good – I believe this is part of our social responsibility, which we all take seriously at MSE. Core to our mission is inspiring all employees, stakeholders, and our community to ‘leave more than we take.’ So, I am proud to announce today our first set of initiatives, actions, and investments to do our part in calling out abuses of power from law enforcement in our community and committing to the deep, focused and long-term work on fighting social injustice.”
The most noteworthy part of the release includes the announcement of a march led by players from the Wizards and the WNBA’s defending-champion Mystics on Juneteenth – an unofficial American holiday to celebrate the emancipation of the remaining slaves in Texas.