Players are pushing for the WNBA to remove Kelly Loeffler as co-owner of the Atlanta Dream.
Loeffler has been co-owner of the franchise since 2011 and is a junior US senator from Georgia. Conservative Republican Loeffler sparked controversy when she appeared on Fox News and called black gunmen in Atlanta “mafia rule”. Georgia is an open portage state.On Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Loeffler formally opposed the surge in social problems within the WNBA to recognize the Black Lives Matter movement because it “undermines the potential of the sport and sends a message of exclusion.”Loeffler urged Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a letter to abandon plans for players to wear warm-up shirts reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name” – in honor of Breonna Taylor – and instead put an American flag on all uniforms and clothing.
“The truth is that we need less-no more politics in sport. At a time when the polarization of politics is more than ever a source of division, sport has the power to be a unifying antidote, ”writes Loeffler in the letter. “And now more than ever, we must be united in our goal of eliminating sports policy. ”
Loeffler faces a special November election against 20 other candidates.
“The WNBA is based on the principle of equal and fair treatment of all people and we, with the teams and the players, will continue to use our platforms to vigorously defend social justice,” the league said in a communicated. “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. “
“Get her weak ass out of our league”
Loeffler also published the reflections of an anti-LGBT group, Family Project Alliance of Georgia, saying that transgender athletes should not be allowed to participate in women’s and women’s sports.
Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes responded to this comment via Twitter, saying, “The WNBA must do better. “
In March, Loeffler was involved in potential insider trading when she sold shares in companies vulnerable to the coronavirus after several closed-door information sessions in the Senate. The Department of Justice closed her case in May and cleared her of any wrongdoing.
Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics followed up with her own statement via Twitter: “Get her weak ass out of our league. “
Seattle Storm Sue Bird, who has a serious relationship with female soccer star Megan Rapinoe, wrote that she was asking “the same question” when Alysha Clark asked: “Why is Kelly Loeffler still WNBA co-owner despite ‘Donald Sterling vibrates? ”
Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers after secret recordings of his racist comments were made public.