It is not clear whether the WNBA will sanction Loeffler further. A league spokesperson declined to comment.
But Loeffler has given no indication that she plans to resign as the owner. Quite the contrary: on Wednesday evening, she told Laura Ingraham of Fox News that she would not give up her participation. She also cited the so-called “cancellation culture” as the reason for the backlash.
“It’s not about me,” said Loeffler. “It’s about the right of every American to speak up. To take advantage of freedom of expression and support any cause and not to be canceled. We have this culture of cancellation that threatens America and the foundation of that is that Americans are afraid to speak out because of the culture of cancellation. And I’m not going to be silenced. “
A former high school basketball player, Loeffler took over ownership of the team, along with philanthropist Mary Brock, in 2011 – forming a rare group of women exclusively owners of professional sports.
“It was an opportunity to solve this business challenge,” she told CNN, which attracted her to the team, while “being part of the growing movement towards the growth of professional female sport.” .
In 2013, Loeffler’s name was presented as a possible candidate for an open Senate seat in Georgia to replace retired Republican Saxby Chambliss. With its wealth and its status as an outsider, it was considered a possible windfall for a race. She had also been a longtime donor to the Republicans. She finally continued to run.
But at the end of last year, when Senator Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Georgia, announced that he was resigning for health reasons, there was another opportunity. Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, appointed Loeffler to the seat, over the objections of President Trump, who preferred Representative Doug Collins – to hold a controversial special election in November. (For this election in Georgia, there is no primary. To win, a candidate must obtain 50% of the votes. If no candidate reaches this threshold, the first two candidates have a second round. Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, is considered the best Democrat in the race.)