WNBA players celebrate Warnock win over Atlanta Dream co-owner Loeffler
Several WNBA players hailed Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock’s (D-Ga.) victory in Tuesday’s runoff election over Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream who has spoken out extensively against the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Winning is cool, but have you ever flipped the senate???” tweeted Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm. “Big time congrats @ReverendWarnock!! We are on the right side of history!!”
Winning is cool, but have you ever flipped the senate??? @WNBA @TheWNBPA s/o to all the incredible women who represent the W!! Big time congrats @ReverendWarnock!! We are on the right side of history!!
— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) January 6, 2021
Stewart’s teammate Sue Bird quote-tweeted Warnock’s tweet thanking supporters for his victory with a photo of herself in a “Vote Warnock” T-shirt, while Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks tweeted an August photo of herself in a similar shirt.
— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) January 6, 2021
— Nneka Ogwumike (@Nnemkadi30) January 6, 2021
Loeffler has clashed with WNBA players, including those on the Dream, since making opposition to Black Lives Matter a central theme of her Senate campaign. After several players wore pro-Warnock shirts in August, she called it “more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them.”
Dream forward Elizabeth Williams confirmed to ESPN in August that the players organized the wearing of the shirts in response to Loeffler’s comments about the movement, which the senator has called “a very divisive organization based on Marxist principles.”
“For effective change to happen, there has to be policy changes. And so if we’re going to sit here and talk about wanting justice reform, part of that is making sure that we have officials in office that understand that,” Williams said.
Warnock, the pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, will be the first Black senator in the state’s history. Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff currently leads incumbent Republican David Perdue in a still-uncalled race for Georgia’s other Senate seat.