KELLY LOEFFLER DENOUNCES WNBA’S POLITICIZATION OF SPORTS, CALLS ON LEAGUE TO PROMOTE AMERICAN FLAG
ATLANTA—Today, political outsider and conservative businesswoman Kelly Loeffler sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert denouncing the League’s decision to insert the Black Lives Matter political movement into the game and recommending that the League place the American flag on players’ jerseys and apparel. As co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, Kelly is speaking out against the politicization of sports and instead calling for the League to honor and salute a unifying, rallying force like the American flag.
Below are excerpts from the letter:
… Players, coaches, and yes – team owners – share differing opinions on many issues. All of us have a constitutional right to hold and to express our views. But to subscribe to a particular political agenda undermines the potential of the sport and sends a message of exclusion.
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.
The lives of each and every African American matter, and there’s no debating the fact that there is no place for racism in our country. However, 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.
… 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.
To read the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s coverage of Kelly’s letter, click HERE.
To view the letter in full, click HERE.