Still waiting for judge’s ruling on lawsuit to stop Idaho’s law banning trans student athletes

David Nye Idaho Federal Judge U.S. District Judge David Nye | U.S. District Court, Idaho

The fate of HB500 is in the hands of U.S. District Judge David Nye. His ruling could allow an Idaho law that bans trans girls and women from competing to remain in effect.

A federal judge in Boise, Idaho, has not yet delivered on his promise to determine by August 10 what happens to a controversial new law in that state that bans trans girls and women from competing with cisgender female athletes.

It’s known as HB500 by its opponents, and The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act by its supporters. Since late July its fate has been in the hands of U.S. District Judge David Nye.

Judge Nye first sat on the bench on August 1, 2017, after having been nominated by both President Barack Obama in April 2016, and then by President Donald Trump. His nomination was stalled in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate for unknown reasons.

On July 22, Nye announced that he would decide by today whether to grant an injunction filed by opponents of the law, or to dismiss their lawsuit, as attorneys for the state have requested.

It also happened to be the day athletes participating in fall sports at Idaho high schools were to begin their preseason practices, but according to an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, at least one public high school district — Boise — has postponed that one week. The ACLU notified Judge Nye of that decision, and that may be one explanation for the delay in the judge’s ruling.

Allowing the lawsuit to be proceed and approving an injunction would mean trans athletes like Lindsey Hecox would be permitted to compete on the cross country team at Boise State University next month, and other fall sports. Hecox is a plaintiff in the case and is represented by an ACLU-led coalition.

The attorneys representing the state of Idaho are working with the Alliance Defending Freedom — a Christian law firm labeled an extremist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They cited both legal precedent and federal support for the law as reasons to dismiss the lawsuit. Such federal support includes the actions by the Trump Administration and U.S. Attorney General William Barr and the Dept. of Justice.

Either way, the judge’s decision could have a wide impact, from deliberations by the NCAA Board of Governors who are considering a boycott of Idaho next March, to Connecticut, where another federal lawsuit over trans student athletes is proceeding and the governor is considering next steps in the face of threatened cuts to federal education aid, because Connecticut has allowed trans girls and women to compete in scholastic sports since 2013.

This is a developing story, so bookmark this page. We’ll update the story after a decision is announced.

Sue Bird: ‘Our lives are political’

Connecticut Sun v Seattle Storm Wearing a “Vote Warnock” tee shirt, Sue Bird #10 of the Seattle Storm and head coach Gary Kloppenburg (right) react to a play during the second half of a game against the Connecticut Sun at Feld Entertainment Center on August 04, 2020 in Palmetto, Fla. | Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

WNBA superstar Sue Bird spoke to MSNBC about why she spearheaded an effort to support the political opponent of the part owner of the Atlanta Dream, Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

Remember in 2018 when Fox News host Laura Ingraham told LeBron James to “shut up and dribble”? That wasn’t the first time someone said athletes should not get involved in politics, and stick to sports. Now, Seattle Storm guard and Olympian Sue Bird is defending her political efforts, telling a national television audience, “our lives are political.”

In recent weeks, Outsports readers have read a lot about the controversial views of Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the part-owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream, and how Bird and other out LGBTQ members of the league have responded to her statements about the Black Lives Matter movement. Several have called for her ouster, which the WNBA said is not going to happen.

Last week, we reported WNBA players wore T-shirts to support the Democratic challenger to Loeffler’s senate seat. Dream forward Elizabeth Williams publicly revealed that the league’s executive committee explored the idea after Loeffler’s remarks, in an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne. Williams said Bird originally came up with the protest, and Layshia Clarendon was a driving force behind the movement as well.

On Saturday, Bird appeared on MSNBC to explain why she put together this effort, and to respond to Loeffler’s statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that, “we need less — not more politics in sports… And now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports.”

Here’s what Bird told MSNBC anchor Joshua Johnson:

“You know, it’s interesting. I think, as a female athlete, and obviously I’m a basketball player, so I could speak more to that, our lives are political. When it comes to the WNBA, especially us specifically, all people talk about is that, you know, we’re gay, or we look too manly, and a lot of times we’ve had to defend ourselves in ways that have nothing to do with basketball,” Bird said.

“And again, I think all of this kind of speaks to where we stand politically, but it’s not even about that, it’s more of a moral issue. So, there’s some irony there, because we’re used to being political. And I feel like she brought that to us,” she said. “But here we are, standing up for something that’s actually a moral issue because a lot of players in our league are Black, 80 percent, Black women. And that’s a group that’s marginalized. And now we have a chance to stand up and continue to say her name.”

Bird went on to talk about Loeffler’s senate race opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock, and what happens to her effort if he loses his campaign in November. A representative for Warnock told us last week they’ve seen a significant increase in fundraising, volunteers and social media followers since the T-shirt campaign launched last week.

The Warnock campaign provided this clip of Bird’s interview on MSNBC.

Outsports reached out to the Loeffler campaign for comment, but did not receive a response by press time.

This week’s LGBT Sports winners, losers and Stanley Cup Qualifiers

Vancouver Canucks v Minnesota Wild Antoine Roussel #26, Alexander Edler #23 and Tyler Motte #64 of the Vancouver Canucks fist bump with Mikko Koivu #9, Zach Parise #11 and Mats Zuccarello #36 of the Minnesota Wild following the Canucks 5-4 overtime victory on a goal by Christopher Tanev (not pictured) in Game Four to win the Western Conference Qualification Round, prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 07, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. | Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

The NHL is skating closer to the Stanley Cup playoffs as we look back at the big stories we’ve covered in the past 7 days.

The coronavirus pandemic is not going away. As of press time, the Centers for Disease Control report it’s claimed 722,000 lives worldwide, 161K here in the U.S. There are close to 5 million cases here, with almost 19 and a half million people around the globe having tested positive. Florida — where the NBA and WNBA are playing in protected “bubbles,” and the MLB Florida Marlins are not — is second in the nation in new infections behind California.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re safe, healthy and taking precautions to protect yourself and those you care about. Here’s my weekly look back at the last 7 days of LGBT sports, beginning with the National Hockey League, which has restricted play to bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto. As the NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers conclude, it’s imperative that we note, as ESPN reported: not one player or league staff member has tested positive for the coronavirus since play began. I guess you might even say they’ve proven hockey is for everyone who wants sports to resume safely. So for this week, winners are qualifiers, and losers are, well, losers.

Qualifiers: Colorado Avalanche seek top seed in game against Golden Knights

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That was then: Forward Colin Wilson #22 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots against goalie Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights during a preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on September 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The winner gets home ice throughout the playoffs. You may recall in May Avalanche center Colin Wilson told Outsports that he supports and welcomes LGBTQ inclusion in the NHL, and so do his teammates.

Who Will Lose? Philadelphia Flyers face Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in end of round robin

NHL: MAR 07 Sabres at Flyers Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Pre-pandemic lockdown Gritty sits by the ice during the game between the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers on March 07, 2020 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The Eastern Conference No. 1 seed is on the line as the Lightning and Flyers battle for the chance to take on the Montreal Canadiens in the next round. Even if hockey is not your thing, you should at least give it up for the Flyers’ mascot, LGBTQ ally Gritty.

Qualifiers: NWHL delays start of season to January 2021

The league will start its sixth season late due to the pandemic.

Losers: The 300 unnamed athletes who signed anti-trans group’s letter to NCAA

 Screengrab from Save Women’s Sports Letter to NCAA

Anti-trans group Save Women’s Sport claims more than 300 athletes stand with them in support of Idaho’s HB500, but named only three.

Undecided: NCAA postpones Idaho decision, reveals transgender athlete ‘policy review’

On Tuesday, the Board of Governors tabled consideration of moving its Boise March Madness tournament games as it reviews its own policy on transgender athletes and awaits the outcome of a federal lawsuit on Idaho’s anti-trans law.

Qualifier: Former USWNT member Lori Lindsey defends trans athletes: ‘I’m gay and remember what it feels like to be different’

Lindsey wrote an op-ed in the Indy Star arguing against Idaho’s HB500, which bars trans girls from participating in women’s sports.

Qualifier: Damian Lillard wore sweet Pride sneakers during game

Portland Trail Blazers v Boston Celtics Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images
A view of the sneakers of Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers in the game against the Boston Celtics as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on August 1, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Lillard was sporting Pride sneakers from his “Dame 6” collection during the Trail Blazers’ game Sunday against Boston.

Qualifier: Sue Bird came up with idea for WNBA players to wear shirts supporting Kelly Loeffler’s opponent

Dallas Wings v Chicago Sky Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images
Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and Megan Rapinoe are seen wearing Vote Warnock T-shirts during a game between the Dallas Wings and the Chicago Sky at Feld Entertainment Center on August 04, 2020 in Palmetto, Fla.

WNBA players are wearing shirts this week to support the Democratic challenger to Loeffler’s senate seat.

Qualifier: Megan Rapinoe’s new talk show debuts on HBO

USWNT star and outspoken advocate Megan Rapinoe kicked off a new talk show on HBO Saturday night, talking to AOC among others.

Qualifier: Gay baseball player remembers his coach who died from COVID-19 at age 30

Michael Holland
Michael Holland

Being Out: Michael Holland remembers his former coach as someone ‘who cared about me and what I wanted to do outside of baseball.’

Qualifier: This coach came out at an NCAA convention. Now he leads the LGBTQ-inclusion program OneTeam

Neil Virtue

Neil Virtue is proud of the work OneTeam has done in the last year, and he’s hoping for more in the near future.

Qualifier: When this UCLA gymnast came out before the team’s Pride Meet, her teammates embraced her

After coming out as bisexual, Kalyany Steele set career highs on the mat.

Qualifier: Out wrestler Cassius found self-validation inside the ring

Cassius James Musselwhite/@Y2Jimbob

The popular British wrestling fixture found his inner brightness and his “Neon Explosion” persona through feminine expression and fan acceptance.

Loser: Tom Daley shows fans that he’s hilariously bad at golf

In a new vlog, the Olympic medalist entertainingly demonstrates that athletic skills on the platform don’t translate on the driving range.

Qualifier: For trans high school lacrosse player, it was liberating playing with boys team

Gabriel Kris
Gabriel Kris

‘On the field, I’m not a trans kid or an autistic kid or a depressed kid. I’m a lacrosse player,’ Gabriel Kris says.

Qualifiers: U.S. elite and club rugby players join worldwide chorus against proposed trans ban

USA Rugby is asking for feedback on proposed World Rugby guidelines

Qualifier: On the pitch and in the studio, Alice Soper runs straight at you

Alice Soper
Alice Soper

New Zealand rugby player and television analyst Alice Soper has a lot to say about the sport she loves.

Qualifier: Gay former umpire Dale Scott joins in virtual ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

To welcome the 2020 season, Scott puts the mask back on to join several baseball players and alumni in a virtual seventh inning stretch.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at Thanks!

NCAA postpones Idaho decision, reveals transgender athlete ‘policy review’

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 22 Div I Men’s Championship - First Round - UC Irvine v Kansas State Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Board of Governors tabled consideration of moving its Boise March Madness tournament games as it reviews its own policy on transgender athletes and awaits the outcome of a federal lawsuit on Idaho’s anti-trans law.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors have called a timeout regarding the situation in Idaho, where a new law bans transgender student athletes from competing according to their authentic gender.

The NCAA leadership was scheduled to discuss Idaho’s House Bill 500 at their meeting Tuesday, specifically whether to pull first- and second-round games from ExtraMile Arena next March because of HB500. But as the Idaho State Journal reports, the governors decided to table that decision until its October meeting for two reasons: to see what happens with legal challenges to the law; and in a surprise development, the NCAA revealed that it has launched a review of its own policy on transgender athletes.

Although the NCAA hasn’t backed away from its stance back in June opposing that law, the association’s decision to take a second look at its own trans-affirming policy can only be seen as a victory for opponents of trans inclusion.

“The NCAA is working with national and international groups as it reviews its current transgender athlete policy,” said the NCAA in a statement provided to The Idaho Press. “Inclusion and fairness are the objectives in addressing the complex set of issues. The NCAA Board of Governors will hear an update regarding the policy review at its October meeting as it considers future championship host sites. The NCAA is monitoring the lawsuit involving Idaho Bill 500 and will review the court’s decision when it is made.”

In June, the NCAA released a statement condemning HB500, calling it “harmful to transgender student-athletes and conflicts with the NCAA’s core values of inclusivity, respect and the equitable treatment of all individuals.” Supporters of the law have lobbied the NCAA to resist “bullying” and claim without it, women’s sports will be “destroyed.”

This is a big shift from 2016, when under mounting public pressure, the NCAA moved tournament and championship contests from North Carolina following that state’s own anti-LGBTQ legislation.

The NCAA moved championship and tournament games out of North Carolina due to HB2, a law that curtailed rights for LGBTQ people in the state, including prohibiting transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with their identities. The organization ended its boycott in 2017 when the measure was repealed. The NBA also moved its All-Star Game from Charlotte over the law.

Historically, states have responded when business organizations threaten boycotts over anti-LGBTQ legislation. Not so Idaho, and more than a dozen other states.

This year, at least 17 states have introduced legislation that would bar transgender students from playing sports, but Idaho is the only state with an outright ban. The ACLU is suing Idaho on behalf of Lindsay Hecox, a trans runner who hopes to participate on the women’s track team at Boise State University. Hecox spoke with Outsports in May about her decision to be part of the lawsuit. A judge ruled he will file an injunction or dismissal by Monday, Aug. 10.

Numerous LGBTQ sports stars, including Billie Jean-King, Megan Rapinoe and Chris Mosier, have spoken out against the draconian legislation, and called on the NCAA to move March Madness from Boise State next year — assuming the tournament is held. At least 109 people and organizations have publicly voiced their opposition to the law.

Conversely, more than 300 female athletes recently signed a letter opposing trans women participating in college women’s athletics. On Sunday, Outsports obtained a copy of the letter sent to the NCAA by the group Save Women’s Sports, and published its contents. Among the 309 signatories is tennis icon and out lesbian Martina Navratilova, a leading advocate for cisgender girls and women who opposes inclusion of trans female athletes in women’s sports.

Researchers at Athlete Ally investigated the names on the letter and told Outsports that 121 of them were of former NCAA athletes, or roughly 39%; 48 of those who signed their names, or 15.4% of signatories, were current college students or rising freshmen in the Class of 2024. That investigation is ongoing.

What PinkNews found, however, is even more concerning. Were Navratilova and the women who signed the letter aware that its author, Save Women’s Sports, counts among its “allies” anti-LGBTQ conservative and religious groups? These supporters include the Heritage Foundation, the Alliance Defending Freedom, Concerned Women for America and The Family Policy Alliance. These groups publicly oppose not only trans inclusion but same-sex marriage, adoption by gay couples, the decriminalization of homosexuality, and so much more.

So far, the NCAA has had no comment on that letter.

According to reports in the Idaho newspapers, the association confirmed it received three other letters from student-athletes, professional athletes and advocacy groups, asking the organization to prohibit the State of Idaho from hosting NCAA Tournament events while HB500 is on the books.

Gay former umpire Dale Scott joins in virtual ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Dale Scott, waiting for the pitch | Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

To welcome the 2020 season, Scott puts the mask back on to join several baseball players and alumni in a virtual seventh inning stretch.

One of the most 2020 images in the entire sports landscape is “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” played in empty ballparks. Over the last two weeks, the juxtaposition of the seventh inning stretch with no one around to sing along has reminded all fans what year it is.

To counteract this and put some good back in the world, Brooklyn College music grad student Harrison Sheckler recently released a “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” virtual choir video. There are many familiar baseball faces in the video, from Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino to Ryan Dempster’s ubiquitous Harry Caray impression.

There was also an umpire. And when the song reached its “one, two, three strikes you’re out” climax, I thought, “That punchout looks … familiar.” Sure enough, it was former MLB umpire Dale Scott.

Scott, who came out publicly during the 2014 offseason, told Outsports he became involved in the project after Sheckler contacted him directly. “It sounded like a fun thing to do and let’s be honest, the last several months have had a void of fun things to do,” he said. That’s something that even a home plate umpire and Lou Piniella could agree on.

When asked if he’d ever been in a choir before, Scott didn’t hesitate to admit:

“Never, and for good reason. I’m a horrible singer! I used to work in radio and have joked for years that I sound great introducing a song but for the love of God, don’t let me sing it! Harrison assured me that you wouldn’t hear my actual audio, they just needed me to sing along in time with the music for the video to sync up.”

So baseball fans hoping for that long-awaited Dale Scott/Country Joe West duet shouldn’t hold their breath.

Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images
Dale Scott asks Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to argue a little more mezzo piano.

After retiring following the 2017 season, Scott doesn’t have to worry about putting himself at risk for his job. As to whether he’d feel comfortable umpiring in the midst of a pandemic if he was still active, Scott wasn’t sure:

“Part of me thinks I would have gone ahead and worked but then again, I didn’t have to seriously think about it in real time. Knowing now what we didn’t know the weeks before things got ramped up, I probably wouldn’t have gone back to work.”

Despite all of that, Scott still gets to end the virtual choir with the words all fans love to hear: “Play ball!”

Maskless Man Charged After Slapping Burger King Employee Across Face During Heated Rant: WATCH

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An angry customer was caught on video slapping a Pennsylvania Burger King employee across the face during a heated rant.

The now-viral video, tweeted on Monday, shows the man standing inches from an employee’s face — without a mask — yelling about a female employee who he claimed “can’t count except for robbery and stealing stuff.”

“She needs to get the f–k out of here before I get her put in jail for the rest of her life,” he seethed while throwing menus into the employee’s face.

The startled employee reminded the man that he was on camera — prompting the customer to slap the worker hard across the face.

The man then makes his way to the exit.

Cops later caught up with the man, identified as Austin Addison, 21, charging him with harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, authorities told TMZ.

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A witness told the outlet that Addison was looking for a female employee he apparently knew.

The witness claims Addison first threw his keys — and when he didn’t respond to the witness’ attempts to calm him down, that’s when the camera began recording the altercation.

Addison used to work at Harbor Freight Tools, according to the report, but wasn’t employed there at the time of the incident. Still, the company told the outlet it doesn’t condone its former worker’s behavior.

Fox News reported that Addison’s outburst was allegedly fuelled by racism, though there is no evidently racist language heard in the video.

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Anderson Cooper Chokes Up Asking About Moment Gay ICU Doctor Died in His Husband’s Arms: WATCH

Last week we reported on Dr. Joseph Costa, the chief of the critical care division/ICU at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, who died of complications from COVID-19 in his husbands arms. He was 56.

On AC360, Anderson Cooper got choked up speaking with Costa’s husband David Hart, about how he took off his PPE in his husband’s final moments.

ICYMI: Colleagues Shaken as ICU Chief at Baltimore Hospital Dies of COVID-19 in Husband’s Arms: WATCH

“So many people did not have the privilege that I had and I cannot imagine going through what I went through and not being able to be in the room,” said Hart. “I contracted COVID from Joe at the time he was dying. I was just not going to not be able to touch him with my bare hands, with my cheek, so I took everything off. I just took it off. I know I wasn’t supposed to do that, but, at that point, it was what I wanted to do for him to help support and comfort him.”

“Unfortunately, those 20 people that he worked with, his fellow physicians and nurses, they had to leave that room and go back to work, so they did not have that luxury,” Hart continued. “So they had their hands in blue gloves on his body which was a very poignant moment for him. So I was holding him and I looked down the length of his body and that’s what I saw.”

“I feel for them,” Hart added. “For everybody who has been in that situation, for everybody who has lost a loved one, it’s important to be there. It’s important to touch somebody. That’s what’s so cruel about this disease, the quarantining, the not being able to touch somebody, to give somebody a hug.”

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Two men brutally beaten with a tyre iron in their own home in suspected homophobic attack

Authorities in Northern Ireland arrested a 26-year-old man in connection to a suspected homophobic attack which saw two men brutally battered with a tyre iron in their home.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland, according to gcn, said that on Tuesday morning (August 4) two individuals broke into a property in Lurgan, in County Armagh.

“One man then left the property before returning with a second male, they then threatened two males and assaulted them with a tyre iron,” law enforcement said in a statement.

“The suspects then left in a black Audi car and made off towards the William Street area.”

If considered a homophobic, attack against two men would be the second hate crime in Northern Ireland in seven days. 

The two victims, police said, suffered non-serious injuries. The property was roiled during the altercation, with a door and hallway damaged.

“One man was later arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm,” the police continued.

“He remains in police custody at this time.

“At this stage, one line of enquiry is that this may be a homophobic hate crime. Enquiries are continuing.”

As detectives decide whether the incident can be considered a homophobic hate crime, Northern Ireland remains shaken. If considered homophobic, it would be the second hate crime in the last week.

Last Sunday (August 2), a same-sex couple were visiting Derry when, while on their way home from a night out with friends, they saw men lob abusive slurs at a group of women.

Police in Derry are treating the attack as a hate crime
Police are treating the attack as a hate crime

Liverpool-based couple Emmett Doherty and Luke Bromilow rushed over to the dust-up and attempted to diffuse the hostile situation. But the intervention ignited a vile torrent of homophobic slurs and physical violence against them.

Doherty’s list of injuries included a broken nose, and Bromilow was shaken for days, unable to leave the house.

“I’ve never witnessed anything like this before here,” Emmet told gcn.

“My partner loves it here, it was him pursuing the move here, more so than me. Now he is absolutely traumatised by it.

“He hasn’t slept, and we’re back and forth to the doctors and the hospital.”

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Damian Lillard wore sweet Pride sneakers during game

Portland Trail Blazers v Boston Celtics Damian Lillard was sporting his rainbow best during Sunday’s Blazers game. | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Lillard was sporting Pride sneakers from his “Dame 6” collection during the Trail Blazers’ game Sunday against Boston.

Ever since the NBA season restarted last week, players across the league have been using their platforms to amplify messages about social justice. For Damian Lillard, that means sporting his rainbow best.

The five-time All-Star wore special Pride sneakers for the Portland Trail Blazers’ game Sunday against the Boston Celtics, from his custom Dame 6 collection. There are at least 23 models available for purchase through Adidas.

Like many other players, Lillard is also wearing a social justice slogan on the back of his jersey, in-lieu of his surname. Lillard’s jersey reads, “How many more?,” an apparent reference to the epidemic of unarmed Black men being killed by police.

The Dame 6 Pride collection served Lillard well Sunday, as he put up 30 points and dished out 16 assists in Portland’s four-point loss. Though Lillard wasn’t wearing his Pride shoes Tuesday for the Blazers’ game against the Rockets, he still finished with 21 points in the 110-102 victory.

For easy purchase online, the Pride shoes are available in multiple marketplaces, including Adidas’ official website.

In 2017, Lillard was heckled with gay slurs outside of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. He called the fans “disrespectful” at the time.

Wearing his own Pride sneakers on the court is a great, and fashionable, way for Lillard to show his support.