The Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury 80-74 on Sunday to earn their first WNBA title:
The Chicago Sky overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to beat the Phoenix Mercury and win their first WNBA title https://t.co/RVfXbKTLrK
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) October 17, 2021
But players from the Mercury, three-time title winners, were pissed and decided to skip the postgame press conference:
NEW: Phoenix players have declined to do media.
— Amna (@amna__subhan) October 17, 2021
Apparently, they just got on the bus and left after losing the game:
They already left on the bus. https://t.co/UaQ9FcAzg8
— Khristina Williams (@Khristina2334) October 17, 2021
The WNBA called it an “evolving situation” and has not yet decided if they players will be fined or not:
The Phoenix Mercury players declined to come the the postgame press conference. We asked #WNBA comms if they are going to be fined. They said it’s an evolving situation. @MechelleV said nothing like this has happened in her career covering WBB.
— Jackie Powell (@ClassicJpow) October 17, 2021
It really is a true “wtf” moment. Imagine if male players did this?
damn… wtf? https://t.co/ajHvo9jdhS
— Cat Garcia (@TheBaseballGirl) October 17, 2021
And what makes it worse is that the league constantly complaints that they don’t get enough media attention:
For a league always clamoring for media attention, this is a real goof. https://t.co/IpRQ7ttmI1
— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) October 17, 2021
Good job, ladies!
This doesn’t do anything to help grow the game. https://t.co/r4GMmJtZdU
— Andrew G. Haubner (@A_G_Haubner) October 17, 2021
There really isn’t any explanation. They’re supposed to do a media availability and they just bolted instead:
i keep trying to reserve judgment on this until i find out why except…well, it doesn't sound like they feel like explaining anything right now. welp. https://t.co/h33oU94B5s
— bomani (@bomani_jones) October 17, 2021
Why not just treat them the same way you’d treat male players who pulled this s*it?
Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a spelling error.
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