Baron Davis Offers to Buy Kelly Loeffler Out of Atlanta Dream After BLM Comments

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2020

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) participates during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine COVID-19 and Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School on  May 12, 2020 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Win McNamee / POOL / AFP) (Photo by WIN MCNAMEE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Atlanta Dream co-owner and Georgia's Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler came under fire Tuesday after a controversial letter she wrote to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, per ESPN, decrying the league's decision to put "Black Lives Matter" on the court for games.

So former NBA player Baron Davis offered to buy her stake in the team:

Baron Davis @BaronDavis

I will buy her interest !! She gotta go. https://t.co/IZYPcj26xd

In Loeffler's letter to Engelbert she made a number of unsubstantiated claims against the Black Lives Matter movement:

"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."

Loeffler instead wanted to see WNBA teams put the American flag on their uniforms. Her comments were met with instant backlash from current and former WNBA players:

Layshia Clarendon @Layshiac

I can’t believe I ever stepped foot in Kelly’s house and shared a meal with her. It’s actually really hurtful to see her true colors. I had no idea while I played for ATL she felt this way. Happy to own us as long as we stay quiet and perform 🤬👀 https://t.co/97jTbmuHda

Sydney Colson @SydJColson

Let me be clear: we don’t give a damn what you think @KLoeffler. Cut all ties with the league, stop giving your bigoted opinions about black affairs, & tend to ur insider trading sweetheart 💅🏾 https://t.co/KYZHUlrvXU

Sue Bird @S10Bird

Kelly, No. Black lives matter. Period. Byeeeee✌🏼 https://t.co/mvJ7CcpYjA

Sheryl Swoopes @airswoopes22

YUP!!! https://t.co/OgJDOGNQj6

Breanna Stewart @breannastewart

How is she still a owner? Bye Kelly. Keep that negative energy out of our league. https://t.co/S9s8yhiC0z

"There's no place [for Loeffler] in the WNBA, a league that is the majority minority," Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker said on TNT Tuesday, per Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times. "We've had a number of people that have stepped forward and listened and have taken initiative and taken action and we've had those that haven't and continue to make comments and show why we're still in this situation."

In a statement, the WNBA said Loeffler was no longer actively involved in the daily management of the Dream.

"The WNBA is based on the principle of equal and fair treatment of all people and we, along with the teams and players, will continue to use our platforms to vigorously advocate for social justice," Engelbert said. "Sen. Kelly Loeffler has not served as a Governor of the Atlanta Dream since October 2019 and is no longer involved in the day-to-day business of the team."

The WNBA and its players also agreed to honor women such as Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor and Vanessa Guillen when play resumes later in July.