Watch Naomi Osaka flip the script when asked about the message she wants to send with her face masks
Since protests for justice and against police brutality have taken place across the nation (and in many places, continue), we have seen a number of individual athletes and sports teams take a stand. In fact, we’ve seen entire leagues take a stand. One powerhouse who hasn’t gotten nearly enough media coverage is tennis player Naomi Osaka. Osaka won the 2020 U.S. Open on Saturday and earned her third Grand Slam title. While her athleticism is clearly incredible, one post-win interviewer asked her about the seven face masks she’d worn in tournaments over the last two weeks in support of Black Lives Matter and racial justice. The champion’s answer is a must-watch.
As some background before the clip, each mask bears a different name. The names include Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, and Philando Castile. In her first match, Osaka wore a mask bearing Taylor’s name, and according to The Washington Post, afterward, explained, “I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story.” She said her goal is to spread awareness, adding, “I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interested they’ll become in it.”
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, Daily Kos reports