'We live in two Americas', LeBron James says, after Capitol siege

Paola Ditto
Января 9, 2021

So when she lost her US Senate run-off election in Georgia, many were calling for her head to roll in the Atlanta Dream set up.

James, 36, made the comments in the wake of Loeffler's loss to the Rev. Raphael Warnock in the Senate runoff election in Georgia on January 5, 2021.

The rioting mob and the accommodation it enjoyed at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday only underscores what the WNBA players have been fighting for all along.

In 2020, the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and the US Presidential election highlighted just how engaged the four-time National Basketball Association champion is in making the world a better place. He also had it written on his sneakers during the game.

These are the voices of women and Blacks in general, victims of violence and abuse, and the LGBTQ community, who make up a significant portion of the WNBA's fan base. We are on the right side of history!

Atlanta Dream's players endorsed Senator-elect Raphael Warnock in his race against their team's co-owner, Kelly Loeffler, who has spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement. Not even just one step, maybe four or five or even 10 steps backwards and ask yourself. how do we want America to be viewed as, how do we want to live in this attractive country?

"The lives of each and every African American matter, and there's no debating the fact that there is no place for racism in our country", Loeffler wrote in June. "However, I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement".

According to ESPN, Loeffler is not involved with the team's day-to-day operations and left her seat on the WNBA board of governors in October 2019, Fox News reports.

In August, the players made a decision to start campaigning for Warnock, Loeffler's challenger.

That game was most notable for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich being ejected in the second quarter and assistant Becky Hammon taking over. "Going forward, you know, someone that I know that I'm close with that I trust, it was really unfortunate timing, kind of unlucky in a way". In cities including Washington, DC, the protesters were met with a heavy police response, tear gas and arrests.

But that's okay because Montgomery must first finish out her contract with the team and would not be able to employed by any other WNBA before she would be able to own the Dream.

Loeffler has not indicated any intent on selling the team, which she has owned with Mary Brock since 2011.

It wasn't enough and the players had had enough.

Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, the WNBA Players Association vice president, spearheaded the "Vote Warnock" t-shirt effort over the summer, but it was the Atlanta players who risked the most.

But a Monmouth University poll released in late July had Warnock at 9 percent and a distant fourth, 17 points behind Loeffler, as Lindsay Gibbs reported in an exhaustively comprehensive timeline that appeared in her (consistently excellent) Power Plays newsletter. She was appointed to it in January 2020 by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp after Johnny Isakson, the person who held the seat, chose to step down from the position for health reasons.

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