Stan Van Gundy did not hold back on Kelly Loeffler.
Kelly Loeffler is working two jobs at the moment, as she is both the co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and one of the more controversial senators currently in office. Players on Loeffler’s Dream, hurt by the fact Loeffler denounced rabid support of the Black Lives Matter movement from both her team and the WNBA as a whole, wore shirts that encouraged fans to vote for Raphael Warnock, Loeffler’s election opponent. When Loeffler unironically tried to pull the “stick to sports” card and cried “cancel culture”, former NBA head coach Stan Van Gundy showed little sympathy.
Van Gundy attacked Loeffler after she started to go after her own players for their political opinions. The former Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons coach brought up the notion that Loeffler, who was appointed as a Senator after Johnny Isakson resigned due to health issues, was not elected to office and was only given a spot in Congress due to her contributions to the Trump campaign.
Kelly Loeffler has come under fire as the owner of the Atlanta Dream.
Loeffler is one-half of Dream Too LLC, the company that grants her and Mary Brock ownership of the team. While the team made the Finals twice within Loeffler’s first four years of ownership, they haven’t been back since. They finished a pathetic 8-26 in the 2019 season, just missing out on Sabrina Ionescu in the draft.
If anything, given how these players have taken their roles as activists so seriously, Loeffler’s comments against them will likely serve only to galvanize them.
It’s no secret that sports team owners have done some reprehensible things, but criticizing your own players for supporting racial equality a few months after you were found to have sold millions of dollars worth of stocks in companies that would likely be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic certainly qualifies as a bit odd. Loeffler’s comments did little to quell this player-led rebellion, and it brought fellow supporters like Van Gundy out of the woodwork.