Cloud’s emotional reaction to the Texas school shooting Originally appeared NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Mystics held another media blackout after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, discussing gun violence and emphasizing their pleas for government action.
As she usually does, guard Natasha Cloud was the voice of the team, speaking on behalf of her teammates after Washington’s 70-50 win over the Atlanta Dream Tuesday night in Washington.
“Today we’re going to do a media blackout,” Cloud said after the competition. “I think you are all familiar with what is happening, what happened in Texas, what happened in Buffalo a week and a half ago. We have a problem in this country, not only do we have white supremacy, we also have gun violence that is our use of our platform.”
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire on Tuesday, killing 19 children in the last week of school before the summer holidays. Two adults were also killed, and many more were injured. It was the deadliest school shooting since a gunman killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, 10 years ago.
On May 15, there was a separate shooting in Buffalo, New York in which 10 black people were killed in a supermarket. City and federal officials described the shooting as a racially motivated hate crime.
“This game doesn’t matter,” Cloud added. “The  The lives we lost today from senseless gun violence in Texas, in an elementary school – we’re talking about our kids not being safe to go to school and our government still not enforcing reasonable gun laws. It is not about taking away people’s rights to bear arms. It’s about putting in place reasonable gun laws so this never happens again.”
Cloud was direct in her comments asking the community not to continue making the same mistakes that allow these horrific incidents to happen. It claims that nothing is done at the legislative level because of money and profit. I asked those who are tired of these shootings to write to local and federal representatives.
This is not the first time that Sufis have imposed a media blackout. For the fourth consecutive season, the team dedicated at least one media availability to discussing societal issues in the United States.
During the team’s championship season in 2019, a stray bullet shattered a window at Hendley Elementary in the southeast of the capital — less than two miles from the team’s stadium and training facility. Neither the students nor the teachers were hurt in the shooting, but in the subsequent game the players refused to answer basketball questions.
While the blackout was suspended, a spokesperson for the team, Cloud asked the metropolitan government to respond appropriately and find a solution. Cloud’s special blackout has extended beyond just a single game and into a season.
Another media blackout occurred after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020. The team took a tougher step by Boycotting the match on the evening of the shooting day They were wearing white shirts with his name written on it and seven bullets on it. Other teams inside the WNBA COVID-19 bubble in Bradenton, Florida felt similarly and led the WNBA to postpone all competitions by two days.
In the 2020 season, Cloud sat down to focus on being active and not being distracted by basketball. Mystics teammate Ariel Atkins stepped forward to be the team’s voice during that time.
Over the seven years of her career, Cloud has become a leading face in the WNBA because of her activism and is not shy about speaking out about social issues. She has covered racial discrimination, police violence, police reform, abortion issues, and women’s advocacy along with gun violence.
“To families in Texas, mystics send our love and prayers. We pray for all of you today, and we will continue to pray for you and we will continue to fight for you and we will fight for everyone in this country,” Cloud said.