In the days following the suspension and removal of announcer Shawny Hill for his derogatory “snip the ponytail” remark made in reference to Lyle Thompson, the Georgia Swarm were quick to make a move in solidarity with Thompson, his brothers, fellow athletes and indigenous nations.
“We stand together,” wrote the Swarm to their Facebook page on January 18. “During pregame warmups tonight, all Swarm players wore shirts with a braid on the back. The entire team will also sport a braid helmet sticker during the game.”
As Thompson and his brothers have been advocates for education on the history and meaning surrounding lacrosse, this show of solidarity was welcomed.
Photo by Ryan McCullough Photography.