It is no surprise that when Kelly Loeffler, Atlanta Dream co-owner and U.S. Senator from Georgia, began voicing her opinion to Black Lives Matter, WNBA players would express their displeasure early and often.
Since making controversial comments prior to the start of the 2020 season, players and fans have made it well-known that they want no parts of Loeffler remaining within W circles. The calls for Loeffler to be ousted Donald Sterling style were loud and often, but commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in an interview with CNN that she would not force Loeffler out as the Dream’s co-owner.
WNBA players even wore black t-shirts with “Vote Warnock” inscribed across their fronts. The “Warnock” is Rev. Raphael Warnock, one of Loeffler’s Democratic challengers for her senate seat.
At a recent event in Georgia that was also attended by another senator – Tom Cotton – protestors attended the event and shouted down Loeffler, chanting “Black lives matter!”
According to the Associated Press, the women were not removed since it was in a public building in a park.
The last poll of the race was conducted by SurveyUSA about a month ago. A total of 623 likely voters were polled for the data and it showed Loeffler with a nine point advantage. Loeffler’s profile is clearly in the rise within her various circles as she now stands at 26%.
Warnock and Doug Collins, a U.S. representative from Georgia’s ninth congressional district were both tied at 17% with Matt Lieberman, son of former 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman at 13%.