On airplane leaving Minnesota, Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver sat next to man sending racist text

Washington's Kristi Toliver says she had to get up and change seats.
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The Washington Mystics were on a plane leaving Minnesota on Monday when All-Star guard Kristi Toliver says she saw a racist text message from a man sitting nearby. 

Toliver posted a photo of the man's screen, quoting what she saw in his text, "sitting in between two mystic players, must've played minny last night. All black team, of course." 

The text disgusted Toliver, who says she got up to change seats. 

"This is the ignorant and idiotic s--- that I just spoke about a week ago," Toliver said. "Couldn’t manage to sit next to him, so I changed seats. If you do nothing with your week, please just be kind and nonjudgmental."

Her experience on the airplane came one week after she read a statement in front of the crowd at a Mystics home game, chastising a white supremacist rally that was taking place near the White House on the one year anniversary of racial clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

"We feel shock at the state of this country and believe that hate should never be granted this platform," Toliver said, according to The Washington Post. "We feel our purpose is to love and respect people of all backgrounds. We believe bigotry is never justified. We believe in living in true equality. And we believe in [having] the courage to speak out.

"As our leadership fails to provide this inclusive environment, it is all the more important that we together use our power for good. Continue to acknowledge these issues in your daily lives — speak, act and live with compassion."

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The Mystics were in Minneapolis for a game against the Lynx on Sunday, sticking around for Lindsay Whalen's retirement speech in front of 13,000 fans at Target Center before departing for Washington, D.C. on Monday morning.

There's a chance the Lynx and Mystics meet again in the playoffs, but only if the Lynx beat Los Angeles and Dallas upsets Phoenix on Tuesday night. 

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