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The Atlanta Dream won't bring back two disgraced WNBA players seen brawling in a viral video on social media over the weekend.

"The behavior in the video is unacceptable and does not align with our values as an organization," the Dream said in a statement Monday.

"We are taking this matter very seriously and working with the league to gather more information and determine next steps."

Cell phone video shows Courtney Williams and Crystal Bradford fighting with a group of women outside a day club in Atlanta back in May.

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Williams and Bradford, along with former WNBA player Kalani Brown (pictured), towered over their opponents while throwing punches.

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Williams, the team's only All-Star this season, has apologized for her behavior.
 

WNBA players' agent, Marcus Crenshaw said Atlanta Dream executives knew about the fight when it happened in May, but chose not to discipline the girls then.

"I talked to them, and they told me they didn't want to bring both back," Crenshaw told Girls Talk Sports TV in an Instagram Live chat on Tuesday.

"The team knew about the situation months ago. Right now, the team is trying to act like they have the morals, and [they're] making [the players] some sort of scapegoats by saying they got put off the Dream because of the altercation."

Crenshaw said both players will be unrestricted free agents. He said the Dream probably let them go because the organization is embarrassed by the incident.
 

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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."

She continued:

"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."

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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."

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Draymond Green gave his opinion on the wide disparity in pay between male NBA and female WNBA players.

The Golden State Warriors power forward told reporters he's "really tired" of WNBA players complaining about the pay gap.

He said, female athletes, particularly WNBA players, are "doing themselves a disservice by just complaining."

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When NBC reporter Kerith Burke noted that women are doing more to close the gap, Green said the women are just complaining, rather than taking steps to close the gap.

Green suggested WNBA players should up their game to bring fans through the door and increase revenue.

"Because the people that can change it, they're just going to continue to say, 'Well, the revenue isn't there. The revenue isn't there. So, if you don't bring in the revenue, we can't up your pay.' They're going keep using that," Green argued.

Despite his pessimism, Green is a staunch ally of women's sports and particularly the WNBA. He is pictured with Aerial Powers of the Washington Mystics in a photo dated September 24, 2019.

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Green, pictured with his son Draymond Green Jr., said he is looking at the most effective way to help women get the marketing attention and compensation they've demanded.

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WNBA players protested on Wednesday by wearing custom made T-shirts with 7 faux bullet holes on the back, representing the number of times Jacob Blake was shot on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Blake, who is Black, was shot by a white police officer who was attempting to arrest Blake on an outstanding warrant for domestic assault and sex crimes against two minor girls. Blake, 29, survived his injuries but he was paralyzed from the waist down and he will wear a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

The Washington Mystics lined up at center court on Wednesday in Palmetto, Florida to display their white T-shirts with a letter of Blake's name on the front to spell out "Jacob Blake." They embraced one another before kneeling to reveal the back of their shirts.

The Mystics boycotted their game against the Atlanta Dream Wednesday night before taking to the court to protest.

"We wanted everybody to feel like they were supported," said Ariel Atkins, a guard for the Washington Mystics. "Understanding that this just isn't about basketball. We aren't just basketball players and just because we are basketball players, that's our only platform. We need to understand that when most of us go home, most of us are Black."

The WNBA announced the remaining two games on the schedule were postponed following the news that the NBA boycotted their games on Wednesday and Thursday. The NBA playoff schedule is expected to resume on Friday night at the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida.

The boycotts -- for a man who was wanted for molesting two teenage girls -- rubbed NBA fans the wrong way. Fans say they are boycotting the playoffs, even though TV ratings for the playoffs were already low.

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The surging Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association were just one win away from heading to the WNBA finals when they were routed 97-76 by the Washington Mystics in game 4 on Sunday. The Dream was hobbled by the return of 6-ft-5 small forward Elena Delle Donne from what appeared to be a season-ending injury in game 2.

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Women who demand equality should watch what you ask for: you just might get it. Ask WNBA star Candace Parker, who was forced to fork over $400,000 to her retired NBA ex-husband in a divorce settlement.

Parker and her ex-husband Shelden Williams, a former top NBA draft pick, agreed to a lump sum divorce settlement, according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports.

Candace married Williams back in 2008, two years after he was selected 5th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Williams earned over $12 million during his 6-year career, but Parker earned more during her stint in the WNBA. So she agreed to pay Williams $400,000 in one tidy lump sum in exchange for not paying ongoing spousal support.

She can afford it. The ex-couple split the profit from the sale of their Encino, CA home which recently sold for $3.75 million.

They also agreed to co-parent their 8-year-old daughter, and they will split the cost of her education and upbringing.

That sounds like an amicable divorce between two friends.

The Mixed Gender Basketball League's inaugural exhibition game kicked off at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas on Saturday. Tameka "Tiny" Harris's Atlanta Heiress co-ed team took on Master P's New Orleans Gators.

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Off-duty Minneapolis cops walked off the job at a Minnesota Lynx WNBA game after four players wore Black Lives Matter warmup t-shirts on Saturday.

The Lynx players, Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, and Seimone Augustus, held a press conference prior to the game to lend their support to the pro black activist movement.

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