Breaking barriers! Former WNBA star and social justice activist Renee Montgomery is making HERstory! She’s now the first former player to become both an owner and an executive of a WNBA team after the league approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream, following Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s Black Lives Matter drama.
Black women making BOSS moves. Let’s talk about it!
It’s 2021 and women – black women in particular – are doing the damn thing. When former WNBA star Renee Montgomery quit the league over the summer to fight against social and racial injustice, she said she was ready to make some wins off of the court. And sis did exactly what she said she would do.
After all of the drama with Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, the WNBA approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a three-member investor group. And Renee Montgomery is 1/3 of that team! The investor group also includes real estate investor Larry Gottesdiene, and Suzanne Abair, president of Gottesdiener's Northland Investment Corp. in Massachusetts.
After securing this deal, Renee is now the first former player to become both an owner and an executive of a WNBA team. Yassss!
The team was previously owned by Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Mary Brock, the wife of chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, John F. Brock. You’ll recall, Kelly came under fire by fans and WNBA players after she criticized the league’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement. She dubbed BLM as a “very divisive organization” that promotes “violence and destruction across the country.”
Star players called for Kelly to resign, but it never happened. Players also called for her to sell her 49% stake in the team after she wrote a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert opposing the league's initiatives to advocate for racial justice.
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