Portland Trailblazer, Carmelo Anthony, has shown interest in a partnership with Los Angeles Laker , LeBron James, in an effort to purchase a professional women’s basketball team , the Atlanta Dream.
During the Summer of 2020, WNBA players organized several different campaigns to bring awareness to racial injustice and police brutality, showing support of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the teams co-owner , U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R), did not approve of their methods in supporting BLM.
Loeffler, who owns 49% of the team, wrote a letter to the WNBA’s Commissioner, Cathy Engelbert expressing her disdain. In the letter Loeffler states: “The truth is, we need less — not more politics in sports. 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.” Adding that they didn’t have a place in sports, & a tweet that said “G-E-T O-U-T” followed.
The comments from Loeffler, later prompted the Atlanta Dream to advocate for her opposing running mate in the Georgia Special Election , Democrat Raphael Warnock, the rest of the women from the basketball association were unified in this pursuit. Leading up to the election players could be seen wearing shirts that said “VOTE WARNOCK” , and on Wednesday Jan. 5, 2021 that’s exactly what the state of GA did. Loeffler lost to Warnock in the race for senate.
After learning of the role the Atlanta Dream played in the election and why , LeBron tweeted his interest of beginning an ownership group for the team, though Loeffler is still co-owner. Days later Carmelo responded to LeBron’s tweet saying “let’s talk..”
According to The NY Times there has been a lot of NBA interest in obtaining Loeffler’s stake in the team, including interest from former player Baron Davis.
Engelbert said in a statement, “The league is aware that discussions with potential buyers are ongoing, once those negotiations are concluded, additional information will be provided.”