Former Senator Kelly Loeffler Is Reportedly ‘Close’ To Selling WNBA’s Atlanta Dream After Controversial Black Lives Matter Comments

Former Senator Kelly Loeffler Is Reportedly ‘Close’ To Selling WNBA’s Atlanta Dream After Controversial Black Lives Matter Comments

According to reports, businesswoman/politician Kelly Loeffler is one step closer to selling her ownership stake in the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. A representative for the WNBA confirmed with ESPN that it’s only a matter of time before Kelly Loeffler is no longer a team owner. The spokesperson said,

“a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized.”

It’s currently unclear who the potential buyer(s) for Loeffler’s ownership stake will be but the representative added,

“once the sale negotiation is concluded, additional information will be provided.”

Kelly Loeffler has had ties to the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream for the past decade. However, as we previously reported, due to controversial statements she’s made regarding players supporting the BLM movement, many people have been pushing for her to sever any ties she has with the organization. In a letter she wrote to Cathy Engelbert, the commissioner of the WNBA, Kelly Loeffler said,

“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. I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion…I am incredibly disappointed to read about efforts to insert a political platform into the league.”

She continued:

“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…Though I was not consulted about — nor do I agree with the League’s decision in this matter, I am proposing a common-sense recommendation to ensure we reflect the values of freedom and equality for all. I believe we should put an American flag on every jersey. Include it in our licensed apparel for players, coaches and fans.”

LeBron James

Following Kelly Loeffler’s recent loss in the Georgia Senate race, LeBron James came forward and shared that he’d like to create a group to buy the Atlanta Dream. He shared a picture of Atlanta Dream players wearing shirts in support of Kelly Loeffler’s then-opponent, Senator-Elect Rev. Raphael Warnock, to his Twitter account. He captioned the image,

“Think I’m gone put together an ownership group for the The Dream. Whose in? #BlackVotesMatter”

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel