The athletes who took the knee that no one is talking about

Mimi Launder
Monday 25 September 2017 11:00
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President Obama Hosts WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury At The White House, 26 August 2015. Picture:(Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

Donald Trump is busy raging against sports stars protesting racism and police brutality.

The movement where players kneel during the national anthem was started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick last year.

But it has recently drawn much-needed coverage after Donald Trump attempted to squash the protests by repeatedly ranting about it - predictably on Twitter and in a style reminiscent of reality TV.

The movement has spilled over into baseball and the NBA, much to the President's displeasure - but Trump has overlooked some of the athletes who have defied him.

Before Kaepernick, female basketball players were already protesting.

New York Liberty team members wore t-shirts with #BlackLivesMatter printed on them while warming up for a game in July last year.

And in September 2016, Women's NBA players started kneeling during the anthem.

Here is the entire Indiana Fever team doing so.

And members of Phoenix Mercury.

Yet the players who have dedicated themselves to the protest for so long have barely been mentioned.

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