Atlanta Dream star Renee Montgomery has announced that she will opt out of the upcoming 2020 basketball season in Florida to focus on social justice reform. The two-time WNBA champion took to Twitter to share the news with her followers.
“After much thought, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season,” she tweeted. “There’s work to be done off the court in so many areas in our community. Social justice reform isn’t going to happen overnight, but I do feel that now is the time and Moments equal Momentum. Lets keep it going!”
The Atlanta Dream organization has shown their support for her decision. “While I am saddened Renee will not be in a Dream uniform this summer, I am incredibly proud of her passion for her foundation, her outreach in the community and her chance to impact the Black Lives Matter movement with her platform as a WNBA athlete,” Head Coach Nicki Collen said. “As a coach in this league, I understand that I can’t just say, ‘We are bigger than ball,’ but rather I must embody it.”
Dream President and General Manager Chris Sienko also released a statement about Montgomery’s decision to sit out this season. “We are disappointed Renee will not be contributing on the court this season, but her assistance to the community is extremely significant and will help bring attention to important causes,” he said. “We fully support Renee’s off-the-court efforts and know that she can help facilitate change in Atlanta and around the globe.”
According to Yahoo! Sports, the 11-year veteran is actively involved in the Black Lives Matter movement in Atlanta. She has attended several protests and even hands out water to those protesting. She told the Hartford Courant that she plans to keep the protests going through the November election.
“A lot of people are craving sports and craving something to get away from reality, to just be able to go watch a game and get away from it,” Montgomery said in an interview with the outlet. “I’m craving the opposite. I’m craving being a part of the movement and seeing the change.”
Do you think more players will opt out of their upcoming seasons to fight for social justice reform? Check out her tweet below.
After much thought, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season. There’s work to be done off the court in so many areas in our community. Social justice reform isn’t going to happen overnight but I do feel that now is the time and Moments equal Momentum. Lets keep it going!— Renee Montgomery (@itsreneem_) June 18, 2020