Renee Montgomery @itsreneem_
After much thought, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season. There’s work to be done off the court in so many areas in our community. Social justice reform isn’t going to happen overnight but I do feel that now is the time and Moments equal Momentum. Lets keep it going!
Dream head coach Nicki Collen issued a statement on Montgomery's decision:
"While I am saddened Renee will not be in a Dream uniform this summer, I am incredibly proud of her passion for her foundation, her outreach in the community and her chance to impact the Black Lives Matter movement with her platform as a WNBA athlete. As a coach in this league I understand that I can't just say we are 'bigger than ball' but rather I must embody it."
A judge overturned Irons' convictions for burglary and assault in March.
The Hartford Courant's Alexa Philippou wrote last week that Montgomery had been handing out water bottles at Black Lives Matter protests in Atlanta. The 2011 All-Star also set up a GoFundMe to raise money for water and other supplies.
"A lot of people are craving sports and craving something to get away from reality, to just be able to go watch a game and get away from it," Montgomery said. "I'm craving the opposite. I'm craving being a part of the movement and seeing the change."
The WNBA's 2020 season has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The league announced Monday it was planning to stage a 22-game regular season and traditional postseason at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.