Kelly Loeffler, a Republican from Georgia, has drawn criticism for her opposition to league initiatives supporting the Black Lives Matter and the “politicization of sports.” These comments drew the ire from the WNBA team that she has part-ownership of, the Atlanta Dream, along with other WNBA players, some of which called for her to sell her ownership.
Sports have the power to unite us, but @WNBA has embraced BLM — a radical movement that seeks to destroy American principles.
— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) July 9, 2020
Her comments were made in videos, Twitter posts, and more.
While not asking for her selling of her ownership, the Atlanta Dream did post their own words about the matter on Twitter, saying that they support Black Lives Matter, and saying:
“This is not a political statement. This is a statement of humanity.”
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) July 10, 2020
The statement included the signatures of 13 players on the team, 12 of which are currently the players in Bradenton, Florida where the WNBA is soon begin play in the bubble at IMG Academy.
Renee Montgomery, the 13th player and veteran guard who opted out of the season in order to focus on social justice issues, wrote an open letter to Loeffler, that said:
“I kindly invite you to rethink your stance and join a discussion with me. While you might very well be on the “right” side of this November’s elections, you are on the wrong side of history if you can’t see that Black Lives Matter.”
Kelly Loeffler has come out and said that does not plan on selling her ownership with a statement saying: “But this is America and I’m not going to bow down to the woke mob. I’m not going to give up on the team because of my personal or political views.”
Earlier this week, the WNBA released their own statement about it:
“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. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has not served as a Governor of the Atlanta Dream since October 2019 and is no longer involved in the day-to-day business of the team.”
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