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Senator Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, co-owner of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, who says politics is not a sport, doubled her stance on the Black Lives Matter movement.
The day after Loeffler from the WNBA Players Association and several players who sent a letter to Commissioner Catchy Engelbert denouncing the league’s endorsement of the BLM movement, invited to an exclusive interview with Laura Ingraham about Fox News, she was firmly convinced that BLM “based on Marxist principles” threatened to “destroy” America.
She also called the BLM group “anti-Semitic and does not support the nuclear family”. Loeffler said she would not give up her share in the dream, even though the players and the union had asked her to.
Loeffler, a co-owner since 2011, wants the WNBA to put an American flag on the jerseys of the players, instead of including everything related to Black Lives Matter in the game.
Loeffler, who describes herself as a “conservative businesswoman and political outsider”, is aiming for re-election in November. She stood in front of the campaign signs on Wednesday to inform the local Georgia media about the backlash.
“What I see is that politics comes into sport,” she said. “Nobody asked politicians to play sports. Sports are about uniting people. People from all walks of life, from all political perspectives, should be welcomed into sport and refused someone because they want to protect innocent life; because they are for fight life. ” unborn; because they support the second amendment; because I support the constitutional rights that God has given us? Why shouldn’t that fit into American sports culture? It should be a principle of sport to welcome all views. “
Guard Natasha Cloud, who helped the Washington Mystics win the 2019 WNBA Championship, brought Loeffler to trial during a CNN Tonight appearance with Don Lemon the same night that Loeffler appeared at Fox.
“To make it come out and say we’re splitting up and that the Black Lives Matter movement is a splitting organization, I’m calling BS,” said Cloud. “(The Atlanta Dream) per se are their first five exclusively black women. … To be a part owner and cheer the sideline on and support your players, but you don’t support them when they take off these uniforms, it’s a problem . “
Last month, dream guard Renee Montgomery announced that she would suspend the 2020 season to focus on issues of race and social justice. On Tuesday, Montgomery posted a note on Twitter questioning the co-owner’s support from Atlanta after Loeffler’s first comments and asking for a conversation on the subject.
While Loeffler’s future seems unclear with the dream, she continues to condemn “break culture” on social media, saying that it is not silenced by the many people within the WNBA who oppose their political views and other Americans encourage you to speak out for what you believe.