Players from Across the League – Including Atlanta Dream, the Team Co-Owned By Kelly Loeffler – Wear T-Shirts In Support of Warnock’s Campaign
“Reverend Warnock is somebody who supports everything that we support and just happens to be running in that seat. So it just worked out really well.”
Atlanta, GA – WNBA players from across the league made a powerful statement this evening, wearing “Vote Warnock” t-shirts to their games in a show of support for Reverend Raphael Warnock. The members of the Atlanta Dream – the team Senator Kelly Loeffler co-owns – Chicago Sky, Phoenix Mercury, Dallas Wings, Connecticut Sun, and Seattle Storm chose to wear the supportive shirts as a direct response to Loeffler’s attacks on the social justice and Black Lives Matter movements taking place across the country.
Reverend Warnock has spoken out against Senator Loeffler’s divisive comments and instead pushed for people to come together to fight for what is right for Georgians.
“I am honored and humbled by the overwhelming support from the WNBA players. This movement gives us the opportunity to fight for what we believe in, and I stand by all athletes promoting social justice on and off the court,” said Warnock. “Senator Loeffler and those like her who seek to silence and dismiss others when they speak up for justice have planted themselves on the wrong side of history. We are in a moment of generational, transformative change, and there is no place in that movement for bigotry. We celebrate the courage and resolve of these players standing for justice, and I am proud to stand with them.”
- WNBA players are wearing “Vote Warnock” T-shirts to games this week to support Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is challenging Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) for her Senate seat.
- Last month Loeffler wrote a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s promotion of Black Lives Matter — which is painted on the courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where the league is holding its return — and instead advocating for teams to add American flags to jerseys.
- Williams said that the Dream and other players have made a coordinated effort not to discuss Sen. Loeffler or her statements in recent weeks, and instead focused on how they could best support a candidate they felt better represented their political views.
- “I think when all this stuff started happening with her, we didn’t want to feel like we were pawns,” Williams said. “We can only control so much about what the league does [in regard to Sen. Loeffler], and so for us, we wanted it to be bigger than that.
- “That’s kind of been the theme of this season. So we wanted to make sure we could still keep the focus on our social justice movement, and funny enough, Reverend Warnock is somebody who supports everything that we support and just happens to be running in that seat. So it just worked out really well.”
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