Atlanta Dream players supported the Black Lives Matter movement after co-owner Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Criticized the social justice initiative.
Each Dream player has signed a statement that was released on Friday evening.
SEN. LOEFFLER STANDS BY THE DIFFERENCE OF BLACK LIFE IN ROW WITH WNBA PLAYERS
“Black life is important,” begins the statement.
“We are the women of the Atlanta Dream. We are women who support movement. We are strong and fearless. We offer a voice to the voiceless. Our team is united in the movement for black lives. It is not extreme to demand change after centuries of inequality. This is not a political statement. This is a statement from humanity.
“Black lives count.”
The Republican senator sparked an uproar among WNBA players earlier this week when she sent a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert asking them to forget about plans for players to wear pre-match jerseys with Black Lives Matter. ” and “Say Her Name”. Instead, she asked that all uniforms and clothing should carry the American flag.
SEN. KELLY LOEFFLER, CO-OWNER OF ATLANTA DREAM, ITEMS FROM WNBAS SOCIAL JUSTICE PLANS
“The truth is, we need less – no more – politics in sport. At a time when the polarization of politics is still controversial, sport can be a common antidote, ”wrote Loeffler. “And now, more than ever, we should agree on our goal of removing politics from sport.”
Loeffler, co-owner of the dream since 2011, said she had not been asked about the League’s new policy on social justice.
Engelbert made a statement in response to Loeffler in a statement.
“The WNBA is based on the principle of equal treatment of all people, and we will continue to use our platforms together with the teams and players to work vigorously for social justice,” said the Commissioner. Kelly Loeffler has not been governor of the Atlanta Dream since October 2019 and is no longer involved in the day-to-day business of the team. “
The WNBA players’ union published a tweet on Tuesday that read “ENOUGH! OFF! “In response.
Loeffler appeared on The Ingraham Angle on Wednesday and said she had no plans to step down as a co-owner of the franchise. She pointed out that while sport has the power to unite Americans through their differences, she believes the Black Lives Matter movement is politically “divisive” and “based on Marxist principles.”
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She told hostess Laura Ingraham that she suggested this because the flag is a symbol that has stood the test of time and can “bring us together”.
In addition, Loeffler confirmed its stance in a comment for the Daily Caller.
“But this is America and I won’t bow to the woken up mob,” she wrote. “I won’t give up the team because of my personal or political views.”