Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe, and Sue Bird opened the ESPY awards with a Black Lives Matter message.
All three wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts.
“Our country’s work is not anywhere close to done. We need justice. We need true leadership. We need a change. And we need it now. I look at my children, and I pray for a better future. … The only thing that must die is racism. Black lives matter. So where do we go from here?”
Later in the video, Rapinoe and Bird both urged white athletes and fans to take a vocal stance in fighting systemic racism. Rapinoe said:
“So will it be uncomfortable? Yes. And speaking up, will we make mistakes? Yes. That cannot stop us from trying.”