Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league's initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement.
Loeffler, who is also a Republican U.S. senator running for re-election in Georgia, asked the league commissioner to scrap plans for players to wear warmup jerseys with "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" and instead put an American flag on all uniforms and apparel.
"The truth is, we need less — not more politics in sports. In a time when polarizing politics is as divisive as ever, sports has the power to be a unifying antidote," wrote Loeffler.
"And now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports."
Loeffler said she wasn't consulted about the league's social justice policy.
Engelbert issued a statement in response to Loeffler.
"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," the commissioner said. "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."
"At the end of the day, I think we all understand that we're on a mission to highlight black lives and how important it is … it's not about excluding anybody,'' said Sylvia Fowles of the Lynx when asked about Loeffler's stance. ''Yes, all lives matter. But at the same time, black lives just need a little more attention nowadays."
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On Sunday, Jackson highlighted several paragraphs from a text purporting to quote Hitler saying Black people were the "real Children of Israel" and falsely claiming that white Jewish people were secretly behind horrendous acts of violence against people of color, including lynching.
Major League Soccer postponed Wednesday's match between Nashville and Chicago.
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Booth now GM
The Nuggets promoted former Timberwolves executive Calvin Booth to general manager. The Nuggest assistant GM succeeds Arturas Karnisovas, who left Denver in April to become the Bulls' top decision-maker. Booth, who worked in the Wolves' front office for four years, was also a candidate for their general manager job before they hired Gersson Rosas to be their president of basketball operations.