The WNBA has fined Connecticut Head Coach and General Manager Curt Miller for weight-shaming Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cabbage.
Miller was fined $10,000 for criticizing Cambage's weight during the Suns' 72-65 win over the Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena on Sunday.
Cambage, 29, posted a video to Twitter in which she said Miller was arguing a call during the game when he mentioned her imposing size by telling a ref, "Come on, she's 300 pounds."
"One thing about me is that I will never let a man disrespect me - especially a little white one," Cambage said in the video. "For a coach on another team to be yelling like protected abuse, 'cause we can't do nothing back, it's just crazy to me."
"So to the coach of Connecticut — I'm sorry, little sir man, I do not know your name. But the next time you try to call out a referee trying to get a call being like, 'come on, she's 300 pounds,’ I'm going to need you to get it right baby, 'cause I'm 6-8... I'm weighing 235 pounds and I'm very proud of being a big b----, big body, big Benz, baby. So don't ever try to disrespect me or another woman in the league."
— W Lead (@WNBALead) May 24, 2021
Miller issued a statement on Monday, apologizing to Cambage and acknowledging that his comment was inappropriate.
"I made an inappropriate and offensive comment in reference to Liz Cambage's height and weight," he said. "I regret what I said in the heat of the moment and want to sincerely apologize to Liz and the entire Aces organization. I understand the gravity of my words and have learned from this.
"As a leader, words matter. It was inappropriate. In a league where we empower women, and I've spent 31 years empowering women, just not acceptable."