The WNBA has endured the Kelly Loeffler situation for quite some time. The former Atlanta Dream co-owner’s comments about the Black Lives Matter movement during the summer of 2020 were met with harsh criticism from the league and its players. Even sports stars outside of the WNBA like LeBron James weren’t happy with the 50-year-old’s remarks.
Since her incendiary remarks, Loeffler has taken some hard losses. She lost her seat in the U.S. Senate and just sold her ownership stake of the Dream. James took to Twitter to troll the politician about selling her stake of the team.
LeBron James’ commitment to social justice and equality
LeBron James is one of the faces of the movement where athletes use their platform to promote change within their communities. The 18-year NBA vet has taken those efforts to new heights with his More Than a Vote campaign. He’s partnered with other organizations to help fight voter suppression, which played a role in the Georgia Senate election and the presidential election.
While in the bubble, players like Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Elizabeth Williams, and more wore shirts that read “Vote Warnock,” supporting Loeffler’s opponent, Raphael Warnock, in the Georgia Senate elections. The player’s public support of the Georgia reverend helped raise his national profile and raised more money for his campaign.
The assistance the WNBA players gave helped Warnock force a runoff election in January. James’ More Than a Vote campaign helped the WNBA players’ efforts to beat Kelly Loeffler in the Senate race. The four-time champion also worked with Georgia House minority leader Stacey Abrams to increase voter turnout, according to Revolt.
The efforts of LeBron James, the WNBA players, and Abrams helped Warnock win the Senate runoff election against Loeffler. Weeks later, she began the process of selling her stake in the Atlanta Dream franchise. When the sale became official, The King made sure to rub politician’s latest loss in her face.
James trolls Kelly Loeffler for losing her WNBA team
When Loeffler was in the process of selling the Atlanta Dream, James showed an interest in purchasing the team. He suggested forming a group with other prominent athletes to buy the Dream. Even though he isn’t part of the new ownership team, James is still enjoying the politician’s exit from the WNBA
James tweeted a link to an article about the politician losing her Dream franchise with the caption “stick to sports.” The former No. 1 overall pick’s jab at Loeffler is hilarious given how politicians suggested that James stay out of politics and focus on basketball. He recently had to reaffirm his commitment to social justice after soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic called him out for his efforts in the political realm.
James has become a superstar on the court and a social activist off of it. Even though he didn’t buy the Dream, he still made an impact on the sale. He played an instrumental role in helping one former basketball player accomplish their dream of becoming the owner of a sports tea.
James helped Renee Montgomery become a WNBA owner
The WNBA made history with the sale of the Atlanta Dream. Renee Montgomery, who played her final two seasons with the team, is a part of the three-person ownership group buying the franchise. She is the first former player to become an owner of a WNBA team. Montgomery sat out of the 2020 season to focus on social justice and recently retired from the league to prioritize such efforts.
In her introductory press conference, Montgomery credited James for helping her dream come to fruition. Her involvement in James’ More Than a Vote campaign helped the two-time WNBA champion get in contact with prospective bidders for the Atlanta Dream, according to Uproxx.
Montgomery’s new position as co-owner for the Dream is revenge, in a way, for the former All-Star. She offered to talk with Loeffler after her comments about the BLM movement, but the politician never responded. The former UConn Huskies player has the last laugh now that she’s bought the team from the former senator.
Kelly Loeffler is officially out of the WNBA, and LeBron James made sure to remind the 50-year-old politician of that fact. The 17-time All-Star’s efforts in the 2020 elections played a role in her exile from the league, and Renee Montgomery finished the job. James’ support of the WNBA has come full circle with Loeffler’s exit and Montgomery’s newest job title.