25,523, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Kelly Loeffler-- the Atlanta Dream co-owner who bashed the WNBA's support of the Black Lives Matter movement this summer -- is headed for a … In no way has this been clearer than in how its players have responded to brackish bullying from an unexpected source: an owner of the Atlanta Dream, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And we should say there’s a history of people selling their teams because of what they’ve said. And after the anti–police brutality protests, the WNBA team that she partly owns comes out in favor of Black Lives Matter.Â. Loeffler, who has been part of Dream ownership since 2011, slammed the move and said she was being targeted by the cancel culture. Sen. Kelly Loeffler poured gas on her feud with WNBA players by filing a bill targeting trans woman and girl athletes. And 10 years later, she became an enemy to the notably progressive WNBA community, so much so that the league's players openly endorsed her opponent in the middle of the season. “This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them,” the lawmaker wrote. Were their jobs at risk making this kind of a stand? Kelly Loeffler: the WNBA owner against everything the league stands for The Republican senator wants to keep politics out of sports. And at that point, only a few players were like, get out of here. She’s representing some pretty conservative voters. When it really started to come up was when she turned and focused on her political career. They’ve had to work and fight for every inch that they’ve gotten for their league—for it to exist, for it to keep going, for it to get respect. ALERT: Kelly Loeffler just posed for a photo with Chester Doles, a former KKK leader who runs the white supremacist American Patriots USA. Sports, race and politics have come together to create a political challenge for Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who co-owns the Atlanta Dream, the city's WNBA team. The team's players have embraced the Black Lives Matter movement while … And I think that part of it was, you’re flaming the flames of your constituents by saying, they’re trying to cancel me. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), a co-owner of women’s professional basketball franchise the Atlanta Dream, and strong supporter of President Trump, wrote WNBA … We have a candidate who very much wants to keep her seat. In 1993, Doles nearly beat a Black man to death. Part of that has been figuring out, well, what to do about this connection to the Atlanta Dream? This was the first season where they had new investors, new media partnerships. The WNBA's protest wasn't cancel culture, which isn't real. In that sense, they very quickly realized that Loeffler was trying to play political football with them, was trying to use them as objects in her own political quest. Thanks for contacting us. When we talk about stakes, it’s really important to know this WNBA season was important even before the pandemic, because it was the first season being played under the new collective bargaining agreement they’d fought for. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is finally coming under fire as a WNBA owner, for calling some Atlanta protests "mob rule." Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), a co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, said in a Fox News interview Thursday that people in Atlanta who are … Terms of Use Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. The league’s teams are in great communication with one another. It’s up 68 percent. Members of the Dream’s Tuesday opponent, the Phoenix Mercury, even joined in — with players on both sides entering the arena wearing shirts emblazoned with “Vote Warnock” and “Black Lives Matter.”. And you'll never see this message again. It felt very disingenuous, this rhetoric of “cancel culture,” saying you can’t fire me or push me out or make me sell my team just because you don’t like what I have to say. Part of what I think makes what happened in the WNBA so interesting is that it wasn’t just the Dream that came forward and started speaking out about Loeffler—it was the league. We don’t want to give Loeffler any more time—we don’t even want to raise her name or talk about her. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The people who have been taking the biggest stands, who’ve been talking the loudest, who’ve been taking the most decisive action are in the WNBA, and their ratings are up 60 percent. You had high-profile players from the Dream, like Elizabeth Williams, out there marching, holding signs, posting images of themselves at the protest, becoming very vocal, connecting the founding of the Atlanta Dream to their desire to protest and agitate for change. But running against the WNBA could backfire on … “I … Sitemap Very quickly, WNBA players were like: This feels like political football. It … Sen. Kelly Loeffler, co-owner of WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, says Black Lives Matter threatens to ‘destroy’ America Loeffler sent a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert denouncing the league’s endorsement of the BLM movement. You’re preemptively trying to guard against being canceled. I think that’s when tension really erupted publicly, because Loeffler’s letter wasn’t a private message to Cathy. The lawmaker said she disagreed with the cause over what she called “its radical ideas and Marxist foundations, which include defunding the police and eroding the nuclear family.”. She co-owns the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Over the past year, she has really tried to get in with the inner circle around Trump. You’ve run out of free articles. The thing I think is so interesting about being silent about her name is that it’s very hard for Loeffler to paint herself as a victim. In 2017, he marched in Charlottesville. What’s at stake for the WNBA players? Best Not Piss Off the Black Girls. That’s a fun stat to remember when you hear analysts saying people are allegedly tuning out of the NBA because players dared to take a stand. No, not at all. 32,694, This story has been shared 25,523 times. Privacy Notice How did that happen? Amira Rose Davis: Many rich people get involved with ownership of sports teams. Before she became the archenemy of her own basketball team, Kelly Loeffler, Republican senator and co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, loved talking about zone defense. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. One thing that illustrates this: A few years ago, the WNBA had a partnership with the Take a Seat, Take a Stand initiative that directed portions of game-day ticket sales to five partner organizations, one being Planned Parenthood. WNBA players showed support for Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s opponent Raphael Warnock in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia on Tuesday prior to the day’s slate of games. WNBA Statement Regarding Kelly Loeffler Official Release July 7, 2020 NEW YORK, July 7, 2020 – WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert released the following statement: But this year the league’s commitment to social justice got personal: Players started encouraging fans to vote against one of their team’s owners, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler… Tennessee Judge Apologizes … Atlanta owner Kelly Loeffler talks with Dream General Manager Chris Sienko during the WNBA game between the Las Vegas Aces and the Atlanta Dream on Sept. 5, 2019 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. Nobody even said that. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. One of the powers of the WNBA teams is how well they work together as a unit beyond the boundaries of who’s on what team. The association cited its opposition to Loeffler’s request to use American flags on warmup jerseys instead of the league’s plan to have “Black Lives Matter” on them. Loeffler was escalating it by doing the rounds on conservative media to position herself as victim of these liberal, LGBTQ, Black basketball players and a league behind them that is forcing her to celebrate and amplify Black Lives Matter. A vote for me is a vote for conservative values, and I’m not backing down to these bullies. Sen. Kelly Loeffler AP WNBA players on the Atlanta Dream squad, which is co-owned by Sen. Kelly Loeffler, showed up to their Tuesday game … The statement against Loeffler, who is unpopular among many WNBA players for her opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement and the league’s affiliation with it, was captured on camera and posted to social media. This story has been shared 44,765 times. The logo of the Atlanta Dream team is on the opposite side of the BLM banner. It’s almost very easy to map her career aspirations alongside her tack to the right and her outspokenness. There is a picture in the upper corner of a BLM banner. Precisely. And to that end, they said, how can we pull back from being used in this way, and assert ourselves as participants in the political process? Now is the time for the WNBA to force Kelly Loeffler to sell her interest in the Dream. And Loeffler was like, well, I would welcome a conversation, but it would have to be a dialogue, you can’t cancel me. Loeffler is focused on branding herself as a Trump conservative partially because of the kind of election she’s running right now. She went on to basically say it was about violence and anti-Semitism and that she unequivocally did not want the league to be associated with this. But she’s trying to engage in revisionist history. After meeting with Rev. It really did seem like a piece of political theater she’d staged on her own. Nobody in the league was forced to do this. Kelly Lynn Loeffler is an American businesswoman and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Georgia since 2020. 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She had a minority stake in the Atlanta Dream for the past decade—it wasn’t part of her core political or professional aims. It's time for the league to force her out. Get more news from Mary Harris and her team every day. The wording over and below a split picture of a Dream player and the senator is “WNBA Atlanta Dream hates Senator Kelly Loeffler. Your Ad Choices 44,765, This story has been shared 32,694 times. The first time anybody even raised that was when she was going around on conservative television talking about how nobody could give in to “mob rule.”. So there was a lot a lot at stake. “Loeffler’s escalation of drama with the, given a relentless spotlight to issues that are important to them, Alabama’s Highest Paid State Employee in a Pandemic Year Will Be a Fired Football Coach, How Michael Jordan’s Comeback Became a Post-9/11 Spectacle, The Eagles’ New Starting Quarterback Might Be a Sports Movie Hero, tried to fine them a dress code violation, $500 per shirt, people are allegedly tuning out of the NBA. WNBA players on the Atlanta Dream squad, which is co-owned by Sen. Kelly Loeffler, showed up to their Tuesday game wearing T-shirts promoting the Georgia lawmaker’s Democratic challenger. “It’s clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball.”. WNBA players are stepping up their opposition to Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler, a U.S. senator, by wearing “Vote Warnock” T-shirts this week to … Subscribe to What Next on Apple Podcasts for the full episode. Elizabeth Williams, a center for the Dream, earlier Tuesday posted a photo of herself to Twitter wearing the “Vote Warnock” shirt, a nod to Loeffler’s opponent, Raphael Warnock. A Republican, she was previously chief executive officer (CEO) of Bakkt, a subsidiary of commodity and financial service provider Intercontinental Exchange owned by her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher. ATLANTA (CBS46) – Senator Kelly Loeffler, a co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, finds herself at the center of controversy after she sent a letter to the league’s commissioner asking We don’t think you should have an ownership stake in a team that’s predominately Black. It’s a lot. When people brought that up with Loeffler, she was like, my organization never participated in that. That is a lot harder to do if nobody’s talking about you. Did that pay off for it in terms of revenue? Do you know why she tacked to the right so abruptly? Kelly Loeffler posed with a neo-Nazi in her latest embarrassing moment as a WNBA owner. Atlanta Dream co-owner and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is trying to … Your California Privacy Rights It absolutely did. By USA TODAY Jul 10, 2020, 11:33am CDT Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, told ESPN on Tuesday she does not intend to sell her stake in the Atlanta Dream as the league embraces the … One of the ways that they decided to do that was to learn about Loeffler and her Senate race, whom she’s in competition with, the people running against her. At that point, a few players were like, your comments about mob rule are racially insensitive or racist. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. WNBA stars and the Women's National Basketball Players Association are calling for the league to remove Kelly Loeffler as co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. But then, when she and Mary Brock moved to purchase the team, that’s when she got a little bit more active, attending games, meeting with coaches. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. In the fall of 2019, she stepped down from the WNBA Board of Governors and stopped being involved in the day-to-day ownership-of-a-team process. And we don’t want to be used as objects. (CNN) The WNBA is no stranger to issues of social justice. Share this article 310 shares share tweet text email link Hemal Jhaveri. We've received your submission. They had a new investment in the game, and it was their time to showcase it. Absolutely. But the collectivity of the teams played here: They all were like, we’re going to stand behind the Dream, we’re going to stand as a league, we’re going to stand very publicly rock these shirts, and we’re going to make sure you know who this candidate is because he is whom we believe in, not her. Our conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity. This feels like not actually about us. Mary Harris: How did Loeffler even get involved with the WNBA? Instead, let’s use the platform we have to wear the name of her opponent say vote Warnock. I guess that’s what she was alluding to there. Tuesday, the organization distanced itself from Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a co-owner of … Get more news from Mary Harris every weekday. You can cancel anytime. Last month, the WNBA Players’ Association union called on league commissioner Cathy Engelbert to remove Loeffler as co-owner of the Atlanta Dream over the lawmaker’s stance on Black Lives Matter. Kelly Loeffler is wrong. She said BLM sends a message of exclusion.Â. That really set the tone for the standards for CBAs across pro sports, but especially in women’s sports. My understanding is that before she went to Washington, Loeffler was kind of a moderate like—she supported Mitt Romney and gave him a bunch of money. Racist Whore You Need to Sell… It’s so funny, ratings for sports across the board are down right now: the NBA finals, the NFL, the MLB finals, the Stanley Cup finals. Kelly Loeffler: WNBA’s support of Black Lives Matter doesn’t represent ‘American values’ Alex Reimer 7/22/2020. That’s a career move. Over the years, WNBA players have given a relentless spotlight to issues that are important to them. But this year the league’s commitment to social justice got personal: Players started encouraging fans to vote against one of their team’s owners, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who, already vulnerable due to opposition within her party and allegations of insider trading, is fighting to hold a seat she was appointed to earlier this year. Right away, her own players were like, hey, I would love to have a conversation with you. You know what’s up in ratings? I think she was very well positioned to have this scripted in a way like: Look at this big, bad, Black, LGBTQ league against little me. Raphael Warnock [the Democratic candidate in the special election], a lot of the players on the Dream decided, we want shirts endorsing him. Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler is a co-owner of Atlanta's WNBA team. WNBA players are committed to promoting social justice and Black Lives Matter. Georgia senator Kelly Loeffler, a co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and a staunch ally of Donald Trump, says the league’s social justice efforts could exclude some fans. In 2016, the league tried to fine them a dress code violation, $500 per shirt they wore that said Black Lives Matter. It seemed like, who are you speaking to here? Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights Shenise Johnson of the Minnesota Lynx walks across the court prior to game against the Seattle Storm at Feld Entertainment Center on Sept. 24 in Palmetto, Florida. But at that point, nobody had even gone that far except for her. All of a sudden she’s on Fox News and defending what she has to say about Black Lives Matter. August 5, 2020 | 1:52am | Updated December 3, 2020 | 8:46am.

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