WNBA Players Want GOP Sen. and Team Owner Kelly Loeffler Removed From the League
I’m addition to recently becoming a senator from the state of Georgia, Kelly Loeffler has a number of other business interests. Among those is a stake in the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. She has owned the team since 2011.
Moreso than other professional sports leagues, the WNBA is laser focused on social justice. The players recently proposed honoring the Black Lives Matter movement on team jerseys. Loeffler came out in opposition to the idea. Now the players union is asking for the Republican Senator to be removed from the league.
The players in the league wanted to wear warm-up jerseys that read Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name on their warm-up shirts.
Loeffler said in a statement, “The truth is, we need less—not more politics in sports. In a time when polarizing politics is as divisive as ever, sports has the power to be a unifying antidote. And now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports.”
The WNBA Players Union posted on their Twitter feed, ““E-N-O-U-G-H! O-U-T!”
— WNBPA (@TheWNBPA) July 7, 2020
The league also released a statement on the matter. It noted that Loeffler is not actively involved in the team and read, “The WNBA is based on the principle of equal and fair treatment of all people and we, along with the teams and players, will continue to use our platforms to vigorously advocate for social justice.”
Loeffler will also be facing a tough re-election bid in Georgia, which is rapidly becoming a purple state.