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Players with the ratings-starved WNBA seem to believe that the key to finally piquing the public’s attention after years of low ratings and interest lies in doubling down on their already widely panned left-wing politicization of sports.
On Wednesday, about a week or so after players with the New York Liberty and Seattle Storm staged a national anthem protest by walking off the court as the anthem played (see the video below), another stunt began to unfold.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 2, 2020
In protest of Atlanta Dream co-owner Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who’s been adamant about keeping her team politics-free, players with the Seattle Storm, the Phoenix Mercury, the Chicago Sky and other teams started wearing shirts that read “Vote Warnock” in reference to one of Sen. Loeffler’s challengers in an upcoming special election.
We are @wnba players, but like the late great John Lewis said, we are also ordinary people with extraordinary vision. @ReverendWarnock has spent his life fighting for the people and we need him in Washington. Join the movement for a better Georgia at https://t.co/yoJkjDeYy7 pic.twitter.com/IwK6xRqTIJ
— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) August 5, 2020
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) August 4, 2020
Don’t boo…VOTE 🗳
— Chicago Sky (@chicagosky) August 4, 2020
Dream and Mercury players are wearing “Vote Warnock” shirts to their game today.
Raphael Warnock is running against Kelly Loeffler for Senate. Loeffler is a co-owner of the Dream and said she opposes the Black Lives Matter movement.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4, 2020
We are @wnba players, but like the late, great John Lewis said, we are also ordinary people with extraordinary vision. @ReverendWarnock has spent his life fighting for the people and we need him in Washington. Join the movement for a better Georgia at https://t.co/hC8iF9urak pic.twitter.com/mvN5e9m4oO
— Elizabeth Williams (@E_Williams_1) August 4, 2020
vote warnock pic.twitter.com/y1jodNlNkX
— WNBA Bubble Life (@WNBABubbleLife) August 4, 2020
According to reports, the women seen above were led by players of Loeffler’s own team, the Atlanta Dream.
All this because Loeffler refuses to bow down to the Black Lives Matter cult and religion. In June the senator sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert expressing her objection to the league’s support for BLM.
“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. And now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports,” she’d written to Engelbert.
After the death of George Floyd — which was portrayed as an unjust murder by Minneapolis police officers, though new evidence tells a different story — numerous sports leagues, including the NBA, fully embraced BLM, despite its extremist leanings.
“The WNBA has announced that players will wear warmup jerseys that read ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Say Her Name,’ a reference to Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was killed by police in her own home in Louisville, Ky., in March,” The Hill reported in early July.
In addition to pushing back on the league’s embrace of politics, Loeffler also warned of BLM’s extremism.
“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,” she wrote.
She also suggested that warmup jerseys feature a picture of the American flag versus BLM slogans.
Though everything she wrote about BLM was factually accurate, her gripes were enough to make the senator public enemy number one to virtually the entire WNBA, with numerous high-profile figures in the league targeting her with venomous criticism and demanding she step away from the league:
While the senator was fairly mute in response to the criticism, the WNBA’s most recent stunt was the last straw. In a scathing letter published Wednesday, Loeffler blasted the league for being more interested in “tearing our country apart than in solutions that bring us together.”
“This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them. It’s clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball, and I stand by what I wrote in June,” she added.
“We come together around sports, but promoting a political agenda divides us rather than unites us. The lives of every African American matter, and there’s no place for racism in our country. But I oppose the BLM political organization due to its radical ideas and Marxist foundations.”
She’s not the only one pushing back. The tweets of every team and player who’s proudly donned a “Vote Warnock” t-shirt are littered with caustic replies from people who seem to be far more in agreement with Loeffler than with them.
Case in point:
I will always vote opposite of what actors/ athletes promote.
— Neil Orosco (PERFECTPAPPA) (@perfectpappa) August 5, 2020
— Dan DeLamater (@DanDeLamater) August 5, 2020
Let me get this straight. They opposed wearing the American flag on their warm ups but y’all are ok with the support for an organization like BLM. A Marxist group and anti-nuclear family. Read their mission statement. Hypocrisy at its finest.
— MKD Custom Holsters (@mkdholsters) August 5, 2020
What their wearing might be relevant if someone actually watched this subsidized basketball. Ironic the very subject that so called protestors against racism is the very thing they pushed the most. It’s why it doesn’t work. Parallels parent who smokes but tells their kids not to.
— Bryan Wilson (@Brwilson14SHR) August 5, 2020
Absolutely absurd!!! So can you only be in the WNBA if you vote a certain way??? Its like a cult instead of free thinking athletes now. So sad!
— TM🎄 (@TMarieM13) August 4, 2020
if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it…
does it make a sound?
— joes grinding teeth (@joegridingteeth) August 5, 2020
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