WNBA players are stepping up their opposition to Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler, a U.S. senator, by wearing “Vote Warnock” T-shirts this week to show support for the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is challenging the Republican from Georgia for her U.S. Senate seat.
Players wearing the shirts include members of Loeffler’s team.
Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat and faces a special election in November, alienated players last month when she objected to the league’s Black Lives Matter message on uniforms and on the court at IMG Academy in Florida, where the abbreviated season is being played under coronavirus-related restrictions. In a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, Loeffler suggested players wear an American flag on their jerseys and keep fans’ focus on games rather than social justice messages.
Loeffler responded Tuesday, saying in a statement (via the Atlanta Journal Constitution) that she opposes Black Lives Matter as a movement because of its “radical ideals and Marxist foundations.”
“This is just more proof that the out-of-control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them,” she said. “It’s clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball, and I stand by what I wrote in June.”
This is a classic example of “cancel culture” meaning “high status people should be able to say anything they want with no consequences or criticism and everyone else should shut up.” Anyway, I certainly hope the Georgia electorate cancels her in November.