NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA and several angry players fired back at former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas, who suggested that they play in undergarments to improve the popularity of the league.
Spokesman Mike Bass responded to the comments in a statement Wednesday on behalf of the NBA and the WNBA, saying, "Gilbert Arenas' comments are repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong. WNBA players are strong, talented and determined individuals who give it their all on the court and serve as inspiring role models to millions around the world.
"They should be celebrated for their accomplishments, not disparaged with ignorant insults."
WNBA/NBA Statement Regarding Gilbert Arenas' Comments pic.twitter.com/yZ8Nga6weZ— WNBA (@WNBA) December 16, 2015
Arenas, a 33-year-old former three-time NBA All-Star who was suspended for most of the 2009-10 season after violating league rules on handguns, said in an Instagram post that having players play in skimpy underwear would help the league.
His comments angered players, prompting Swin Cash, Ivory Latta, Elena Delle Donne and others to respond to Arenas via social media.
The WNBA, launched in 1996 following the Atlanta Olympics, is about to embark on its 20th season.
To all my smart, beautiful young female ballers... No one ever asked NBA guys to hoop in a speedo so laugh at haters& Dab on dem folk💪🏾— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) December 16, 2015
Home from practice and people sending me what Gilbert Arenas said about the wnba he's a non ________ factor who cares he's a str8 up lame— Ivory Latta (@IvoryLatta12) December 16, 2015