(Citynet Statewide Sportsline interview with Renee Montgomery)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — South Charleston High School grad Renee Montgomery will not play in the 2020 WNBA season. She will be focusing her time and efforts on social justice reform.
Montgomery has played in the WNBA for eleven seasons and is the eighth-most tenured player still active in the league.
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!
— Renee Montgomery (@itsreneem_) June 18, 2020
Montgomery was about to enter her third season with the Atlanta Dream. She has lived in the Atlanta area for a decade. The WNBA season is tentatively set to begin competition in late-July with a 22-game regular season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
“Right now, my heart is where kind of the whole world’s heart is in looking for social change,” Montgomery said on Citynet Statewide Sportsline. “I am not one of those people who can be halfway in and halfway out. I think it would be a disservice to my coaches and teammates if I was that. So I decided to opt out and focus on what my heart is on right now.
“Talking to my mom, she was telling me that she experienced the same things in the Detroit riots when she was young. Just to see how it is generational and do I want my nieces and nephews to experience this? Do I want the next generation to experience this? That was the moment I realized that me and my mom had experienced the same things. Basically, there hasn’t been much change in a lot of time.”
MetroNews caught up with Renee last week to discuss her foundation and her efforts to assist the communities in and around Atlanta during the recent protests.