She told Engelbert that she was “incredibly disappointed to read about efforts to insert a political platform into the league,” adding, “The truth is that we need less – not more politics in sport. . At a time when the polarization of politics is as divisive as ever, sport has the power to be a unifying antidote. And now more than ever, we must be united in our goal of eliminating sports policy. ”
In the letter, Loeffler said that she thought adding the American flag to licensed jerseys and clothing would be “common sense”.
“Although I have not been consulted – and I do not agree with the League’s decision in this matter, I offer a common sense recommendation to ensure that we reflect the values of freedom and equality for all of them, ”she wrote. “I think we should put an American flag on each jersey. Include it in our licensed clothing for players, coaches and fans. ”
A number of current and former WNBA players have asked Engelbert to remove Loeffler as co-owner of Dream, including Sheryl Swoopes, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Natasha Cloud, Alysha Clark and Sue Bird. Swoopes tweeted that “WNBA MUST do better. ”
The WNBA Players’ Association also called for the withdrawal of Loeffler.
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The WNBA released a statement on Tuesday saying: “The WNBA is based on the principle of equal and fair treatment of all people and we, as well as teams and players, will continue to use our platforms to vigorously defend social justice . Senator Kelly Loeffler has not been governor of the Atlanta dream since October 2019 and is no longer involved in the daily activities of the team. “