Loeffler, who co-owns the Atlanta Dream, misplaced her Senate race on Tuesday, renewing questions on whether or not she has a spot in a league the place many gamers need her gone.
Members of 4 W.N.B.A. groups within the league’s Covid-19 bubble — the Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics, Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks — took a knee collectively in response to the police capturing of Jacob Blake in August.Credit…Ned Dishman/NBAE, by way of Getty Images
- Jan. 6, 2021, 6:34 p.m. ET
On Tuesday morning, the Rev. Raphael Warnock made a closing pitch to Senate-race voters in Georgia with a video on social media that prominently featured W.N.B.A. players campaigning on his behalf in opposition to the Republican incumbent, Senator Kelly Loeffler, who additionally occurs to be a co-owner of a franchise, the Atlanta Dream.
The gamers received what they wished. Warnock, a Democrat, defeated Loeffler, who owns a 49 p.c stake within the Dream. This was an final result that six months in the past would have been thought-about an upset. The consideration W.N.B.A. gamers delivered to Warnock’s marketing campaign is broadly thought-about to have performed a job in his victory.
Now, with the Senate race over, the query turns to what’s subsequent for the gamers and the league — and to what ought to be performed about an proprietor who publicly blasted her personal gamers and who, as she launched into a political marketing campaign with tactics that many considered to be racist, mentioned the values of the W.N.B.A. didn’t align along with her personal.
News of Warnock’s victory on Tuesday was greeted with glee by many basketball followers and W.N.B.A. gamers, a number of of whom posted celebratory messages on social media.
“This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen an owner or even a sponsor of a team not align with a team’s thought process,” Dream guard Renee Montgomery mentioned in an interview Wednesday.