Entire Indiana Fever team locks arms, kneels during the national anthem

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The WNBA's Indiana Fever made a bold statement before a win-or-go-home playoff game against the Phoenix Mercury Wednesday night.

As the national anthem played, the entire roster locked arms and bowed their heads. The Fever were joined by Mistie Bass and Kelsey Bone of the Mercury, according to the IndyStar.

This form of silent protesting started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the protest as a way to speak out against racial injustices. His actions spread across the nation, inspiring professional athletes from all over to join in.

What stood out about the Indiana Fever's silent protest was this was the first time an entire team participated in one during the national anthem.

The Fever would go on to lose 89-79, marking the final game for Fever superstar Tamika Catchings and coach Stephanie White, who is leaving for Vanderbilt.