By Larry Johnson
I wish Kelly Loeffler would sell her interest in the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
Loeffler, a Republican, is an appointed U.S. Senator from Georgia, so she is forced to run for reelection in 2020. So, yeah, she’s doing that.
Money shouldn’t be a problem. She is the body’s richest member, and Republican political campaigns suffer much less from a lack of funding than they do from lack of sense and dignity.
She’s a businesswoman who is also part-owner of the Dream, which was 2019’s worst team.
Here’s the rub. The WNBA, which some studies have shown is the most leftist professional sports league, has a plan to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to include the names of Black women killed by police to be worn on player jerseys.
Loeffler doesn’t like that. At all. So she wrote a letter to the WNBA that said, in part:
“I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country. I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion,” she wrote.
She advocates, instead, that WNBA players wear an American flag on their uniforms.
Tolerance and inclusion. OK, Kelly. Whatever.
WNBA players are having none of the Senator’s nonsense, which could be seen as a play to Donald Trump’s political base. She’ll need them if she hopes to win an actual election, I am pretty sure.
“E.N.O.U.G.H! O.U.T,!” the WNBA Players Association said in a Tweet directed at Loeffler.
“How is she still a owner? Bye Kelly. Keep that negative energy out of our league.” That from Breanna Stewart, the league’s 2018 MVP.
“Kelly, No. Black lives matter. Period,” tweeted Sue Bird, like Stewart a member of the Seattle Storm.
Both Stewart and Bird, of course, are White, so this controversy can’t be falsely represented as concerning only Black players.
From my perspective as a WNBA fan, Kelly Loeffler is the one out of touch with WNBA values, and she would be happier — and make me happier — selling her interest in the team and going back to counting her money.