Dream players protested Loeffler’s comments about the Black Lives Matter movement last year, wearing T-shirts and posting on social media. They wore T-shirts before a national television game against Phoenix. Several players took an active part in the process that led to the runoff, including participating in videos promoting participation in the election.
The dispute between the owner and the team began in the summer amid nationwide protests over social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“There is no room for racism in this country. We can̵
7;t get it, “Löfler said in July. “But there is an organization other than the saying, an organization called the Black Lives Matter, based on Marxist principles. Marxism supports socialism.
Löfler asked the WNBA to abandon plans to honor the Black Lives Matter movement and instead put an American flag on each shirt. She wrote a letter to WNBA Commissioner Katie Engelbert expressing her faith.
The players’ union called for Loeffler to be removed from ownership, but Engelbert said Loeffler would not be forced to sell, noting that she was not involved in the team’s day-to-day operations.
“I am just shocked by her actions. Sometimes you have to play the political game and I understand it. But don’t get involved with us in this political game, “former Dream Angel player Angel McCoughtry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July. “If this is the person she really is, I know I don’t want to be around someone who just doesn’t stand up for what’s right.”
Pressed in July for her stake in Dream, Löfler said she had not decided whether to sell the team and blamed criticism for a broader “culture of cancellation” that Black Lives Matter protests were fueled.
According to a person familiar with the situation, Dream has lost $ 2 million in each of the last two years.
Löfler’s dream intentions seem to have changed. It is not known whether the upcoming sale would mean that the franchise will be moved from Atlanta. They currently have to play at College Park after last year’s WNBA season ended in a balloon in Florida over the coronavirus pandemic.
– Staff creators Nedra Rona, Bria Felicien and Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.