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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 09:52 PM

Kelly Loeffler used to own a basketball team -- until two lesbians bought it

Last summer, at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the nation, the players of the Atlanta Dream stood united against an off-the-court opponent: Kelly Loeffler, then a U.S. senator from Georgia and a co-owner of the team.

Loeffler, a Republican, had publicly and repeatedly derided the WNBA for dedicating its season to social justice issues, and in response, players on the Dream and other teams across the league wore shirts endorsing Raphael Warnock, a Democrat who went on to unseat Loeffler in one of two contentious run-off elections in January 2020. It was around this time that talks to sell the team, which had long been on the market and had attracted multiple potential buyers, began to come to a head.

Less than two months later, the WNBA and NBA Boards of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a three-member investor group: Larry Gottesdiener, chairman of the real estate equity firm Northland and now the majority owner of the team; Suzanne Abair, Northland’s president and chief operating officer; and two-time WNBA champion Renee Montgomery, who became the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team.

After opting out of the 2020 season to focus on social justice issues, Montgomery, who said she was inspired by LeBron James’ role in the “More Than a Vote” campaign, recognized the rare and unique opportunity to have a stake in an ownership group that aligned with her own values, which prompted her to announce her retirement after 11 seasons.

“You can’t be a player and an owner at the same time, and for me it was a pretty quick decision, because I understood that this was a big moment that I basically wanted to capitalize on,” Montgomery told NBC News. “I felt like women’s basketball was changing.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-community-voices/atlanta-basketball-team-went-republican-hands-lgbtq-ownership-rcna1958
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Reminding you that Loeffler's team hated her so much that they appeared in Warnock T-shirts to warm up at a game at which she was present

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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 10:07 PM

1. The second, but most influential "Dream Team"

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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 11:39 PM

2. This makes me smile

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