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WNBA’s Atlanta Dream is on the verge of being sold. Kelly Loeffler, who co-owns the franchise, is in conflict with the players whose campaign opposes her stand. (Photo : Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Dream, the WNBA team co-owned by former US Senator Kelly Loeffler is now nearing the market bid for a possible franchise sale.
Atlanta Dream Being Sold
Even though Loeffler said that she had no plans to market the Atlanta Dream to other business people, the WNBA anticipated that the selling of the franchise will soon happen.
On January 7, Loeffler and his co-Republican senator David Perdue conceded the Senate runoffs to their Democratic counterparts, the WSAV reported. She lost to Rev. Raphael Warnock who became Georgia’s first Black Senator and the first Black Democrat who hailed from the Southern State.
The Georgian businesswoman ignited a public annoyance when she said that she was “critical” of extending support for the Black Lives Matter movement. She also voiced out to separate politics from professional sports, which in the case of WNBA is unavoidable at any cost.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that they talked with the spokesperson of the women’s basketball league. The representative said that they will update the additional information once the discussion about the franchise sale is finalized.
However, the spokesperson of the Atlanta Dream did not give any comment about the issue. Loeffler’s officials were also asked but no response has been recorded on their side.
During summer 2020, Loeffler exclaimed that the groups campaigning BLM were the ones who will wreak havoc on America. The 50-year-old politician added that the movement only claims to be “anti-Semitic and anti-nuclear family.”
While the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement pooled the world of sports, the WNBA players looked forward to reflecting on civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
A positive approach to the civil issue with the Black Americans could have sailed smoothly in the WNBA, but the Dream players did not see Loefller’s ownership as a sparkplug for the racial justice campaign.
What triggered Kelly to sell the Dream was the continuous campaigning of the opposing NBA and WNBA players in her statement about the aforementioned movement.
“They can’t push me out for my views. I intend to own the team. I am not going,” Loeffler said in an interview by ESPN in July.
However, the Atlanta Dream players did not let their co-owner spoiled their advocacy. Many wore a shirt embedding “Vote Warnock” just days earlier this January.
“I’m actually shocked by her actions. Sometimes you gotta play the political game, and I get it. But don’t mess with us in this political game. If this is the person that she really is, I know that I don’t wanna be around someone who just doesn’t advocate for what’s right,” erstwhile Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry said in July.
Last January 6, LeBron James hinted his interest in buying the Dream’s ownership in his tweet featuring the Atlanta players donning their “Warnock” shirts.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2021
As Martin Luther King pronounced: “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”
Maybe that’s the “Dream” that MLK mentioned in his speech – a choice of freedom and equality regardless of color and race.
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