The Washington Mystics hope to open their WNBA title defense in late July when the league starts up its 22-game bubble plan at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. However, the Mystics will be shorthanded in their title defense.
Last season, Cloud was second on the team in assists and seventh in scoring. She announced via Instagram she will be focusing on the fight for social justice reform.
“This has been one of the toughest decisions of my career but I will be foregoing the 2020 WNBA season. There are a lot of factors that led to this decision, but the biggest one is that I am more than an athlete. I have a responsibility to myself, to my community and to my future children to fight for something that is much bigger than myself and the game of basketball. I will instead continue the fight for social reform, because until Black lives matter, all lives can’t matter.”
Sanders was second on the team in rebounds and first in blocking. She announced her decision based on health and safety.
“This was not an easy choice to make, but after much thought and conversation I do believe it is what’s best for my health and family,” said Sanders. “I wish my teammates and the entire Mystics family the best this season and I will continue to watch and support them.”