Kelly Loeffler, co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, is projected to lose her seat in the United States senate.
Per Alex Rogers of CNN.com, Raphael Warnock is projected to win the race against Loeffler in the Georgia senate runoff vote.
Georgia's two senate seats were up for grabs during Tuesday's runoff election after no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote during the general election on Nov. 3.
Loeffler was the incumbent senator in the race against Warnock. She was sworn in to the seat Jan. 6, 2020, after being appointed by Georgia governor Brian Kemp to replace Johnny Isakson, who resigned because of health reasons.
Loeffler alienated members of the Dream over the summer when she criticized the WNBA's decision to have "Black Lives Matter" displayed on the court for games at IMG Academy during the 2020 season.
"The truth is, we need less—not more politics in sports," the letter read. "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."
Kelly Loeffler @KLoeffler
Sports have the power to unite us, but @WNBA has embraced BLM — a radical movement that seeks to destroy American principles. I stand with @realDonaldTrump. I stand with the American flag, which has endured for 244 years. And I will not apologize for it. #gapol #gasen https://t.co/1AqVGRJ0Vy
Loeffler's comments led to players for the Dream wearing T-shirts in support of Warnock during the season and through Tuesday's runoff. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted that he wants to put together a group to buy Atlanta's WNBA franchise.
There's no indication at this point if Loeffler, who owns the Dream with Mary Brock, will sell the franchise. Engelbert said in a July interview on CNN (h/t ESPN's Mechelle Voepel) the league did know of some potentially interested buyers but wouldn't force Loeffler to sell her stake in the organization.
Loeffler has been a member of Atlanta's ownership group since 2010. She and Brock purchased the entire franchise from Kathy Betty in 2011.