Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe & Sue Bird Open 2020 ESPYs with Powerful Speech About Black Lives Matter

The three sports icons —and now, ESPYs hosts — began the show from the comfort of their own homes due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But the trio opened the ESPYs by addressing important issues facing the country, such as the ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism reignited by the May 25 death of George Floyd .

Paying tribute to Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Wilson kicked off the video monologue.

But do black lives matter to you when they're not throwing touchdowns, grabbing rebounds, serving aces?"

Asserted the WNBA star of the sports world: "Our return must be part of the fight for justice."

This year's ESPYs show, which is normally held in Los Angeles in July, was given a new date and re-created with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in mind.

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