Renee Montgomery announced on her Twitter today her intent to miss this 2020 WNBA season to focus on social justice reform.
According to the league rules, the players have until June 25 to let their teams know if they plan on sitting out this season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
The 11-year WNBA vet was originally drafted as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She has spent time in Minnesota, Connecticut and Atlanta. For the past two seasons, Montgomery has played a crucial role with the Dream starting all 68 games averaging 10 points and 3.3 assists per game.
Montgomery has been highly involved in raising money to aid in support of protesters and the Black Lives Matter movement. Her nonprofit, the Renee Montgomery Foundation aims at making a positive impact on the lives of both young and old through sport and looks to continue to grow the culture for women in sports.
"I've decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season. There is work to be done off the court in so many areas in our community," said Montgomery per her Tweet. "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 WNBA announced earlier this week the plans for the 2020 season which will take place at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The official dates of training camp and start of games are yet to be announced.