It was a historic election for Democrat Raphael Warnock to the Senate, the first African American senator ever to be elected in a conservative state like Georgia. It has immense significance not only for the United States, but also for the WNBA, the professional women’s basketball league. The reason? Reverend Warnock defeated Kelly Leoffler, outgoing senator for the Republican Party and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, the city’s WNBA team. It should be remembered that the positions contrary to Leoffler’s Black Lives Matter movement had provoked the decisive reaction of the team players, who took the field with a message on their shirts: “Vote for Warnock”. More explicit than that, it couldn’t be. And with an unequivocal request. That of ousting her from the league, forcing her to give up the team.
“It was a turning point,” Warnock’s comment regarding the mobilization of players. Incidentally, this historic election gives Democrats control of parliament and the White House after a very long time. A result also welcomed with joy by LeBron James, the star of the Los Angeles Lakers. That through its association “More Than a Vote” has collaborated with the Atlanta players to bring as many people as possible to the vote, making the difference for Warnock’s success: “I’m thinking of putting together a group to take the Dreams . Who is there? #BlackVotesMatter, ”James wrote on Twitter.
Renee Montgomery’s commitment
It should be remembered that until a few months ago he played in the Atlanta Dream Renee Montgomery, who left basketball and at 34 decided to pursue other causes. The US media consider her one of the culprits for Warnock’s victory in Georgia thanks to her political and social commitment in the area: «What is happening now is much more important than a sporting victory. What is happening now will be in the history books, ”the 34-year-old told BBC Sport. «Everyone can forget what can happen in sport or forget about me, but nobody can ever leave all this behind. I like what I do now. At first she was scared, I can’t deny it, but there are a lot of people who want to listen. It is also necessary to talk about uncomfortable subjects ». Furthermore, despite the revolt on Wednesday 6 January in Capitol Hill, Montgomery remains confident for the future: “Democracy has won.” And on his return to the field, he concluded: “I didn’t have time to think about it.”
January 10, 2021 (change January 10, 2021 | 10:05)
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