LeBron James expressed interest in buying the WNBA's Atlanta Dream after players campaigned against team owner and former Georgia senator Kelly Loeffler
- LeBron James wants to buy the Atlanta Dream.
- The Lakers superstar tweeted Tuesday night that he wants to "put together an ownership group" for the WNBA franchise.
- James' interest follows a WNBA-wide effort — including Atlanta players — to oust Dream owner Kelly Loeffler from her US Senate seat by publicly supporting Rev. Raphael Warnock.
LeBron James already has nearly every possible basketball accolade printed on his resume.
But now, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is thinking about adding "WNBA franchise owner" to the list.
Late Tuesday night, James expressed interest in buying the Atlanta Dream by writing on Twitter that he wants to "put together an ownership group" for the WNBA's only team based in the Southeastern United States.
"Think I'm gone put together an ownership group for the The Dream," James wrote. "Whose in? #BlackVotesMatter ✊"
—LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2021
James' comments come after WNBA players - including athletes who play for Atlanta - banded together to oust Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler from her US Senate seat. In August, players across the league's 12 teams publicly expressed their support for Loeffler's Democratic challenger, Reverend Raphael Warnock.
Continued support from the WNBA players propelled Warnock through Georgia's special jungle election in November. Research suggests that their efforts were pivotal in enabling the Reverend to force Tuesday's runoff, which wound up having significant national implications in determining which party would take control of the US Senate for the upcoming term.
Now that Warnock has defeated Loeffler to become the first Black senator elected in a Southern state, people across the country are celebrating the WNBA, particularly the Dream players, for their role in his victory. But, as of now, the Trump-aligned Loeffler still has an ownership stake in Atlanta's franchise - a reality that WNBA stars appear eager to change.
—Nneka Ogwumike (@Nnemkadi30) January 6, 2021
—Elizabeth Williams (@E_Williams_1) January 6, 2021
—WNBPA (@TheWNBPA) January 6, 2021
The extent of James' WNBA ownership ambitions remains unclear, as does his eligibility to invest in a WNBA franchise given his status as an active NBA player. Still, his involvement would certainly provide a boost to a franchise - and league - that has a long history of underinvestment.
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