The move isn’t the first sign of tension between the senator and the league, nor Loeffler and the Dream.
The organization distanced itself from Loeffler
last month following her objection to the WNBA’s plans to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. Days later, the Dream’s players jointly signed a statement supporting
the Black Lives Matter movement, which they asserted is a “statement of humanity” rather than a political position.
Loeffler has faced scrutiny in part because of a letter she wrote, obtained by CNN and first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ESPN, that warned the WNBA that “to subscribe to a particular political agenda undermines the potential of the sport and sends a message of exclusion.” Her donors have since responded
, with Sony saying it was re-evaluating its support for her campaign and Target saying it disagreed with her.
Players on other teams wore the “Vote Warnock” shirts as well. The Phoenix Mercury, which faced off against the Dream on Tuesday, posted photos and videos
to the team’s Twitter account that showed players during pre-game
wearing the same Warnock shirts, as well as Black Lives Matter shirts.
“Don’t boo…VOTE,” the Chicago Sky tweeted
above photos of multiple team players wearing the Warnock shirts, with a link to register to vote.
Warnock said in a statement Tuesday that he was “proud to stand with” the players, highlighting “their courage and resolve” while accusing Loeffler of muzzling those seeking justice.
“Senator Loeffler and those like her who seek to silence and dismiss others when they speak up for justice have planted themselves on the wrong side of history,” Warnock added. “We are in a moment of generational, transformative change, and there is no place in that movement for bigotry.”