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Natasha Cloud delivers postgame statement for Mystics on recent shootings in D.C.’s Ward 8

The Mystics held their media blackout on Friday when they played against the Seattle Storm on June 14, 2019.

Natasha Cloud addresses the media after the Mystics’ 74-71 loss to the Seattle Storm on June 14, 2019.

The Mystics lost 74-71 to the Storm on Friday, June 14, 2019. The loss is notable because it’s their first loss at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. The loss is also notable because Washington lost a game to the defending WNBA champions.

But to Natasha Cloud and the Mystics, they were more worried about the loss of lives to gun violence, in particular to Ward 8, the area where the team plays games.

After Cloud voiced her concerns about three stray bullets hitting nearby Hendley Elementary School in two separate incidents over the last two months, she made her voice known again. The Mystics declined to speak to reporters about the game. And Cloud spoke on behalf of the team. You can watch the video above.

Natasha Cloud isn’t just an athlete. And she isn’t just a voice with a large social media following. Cloud is a leader in the D.C. area community. And we’re proud that the Mystics are behind her as well.