Published on September 3rd, 2018 | by Landon Buford0
Former Phoenix Mercury Point Guard Cappie Pondexter Willing To Strike If Diana Taurasi & Elena Delle Donne Join In
Back in July Las Vegas Aces’s forward A’Ja Wilson made headlines following LeBron James making his announcement that he would be taking his talents to Los Angeles to play with the Lakers. After the details of James contract were released Wilson tweeted “154M ……….. must. be. nice. We over here looking for a M, but Lord, let me get back in my lane”
154M ……….. must. be. nice. We over here looking for a M 🙃 but Lord, let me get back in my lane pic.twitter.com/IFDZLlI53z
— A’ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) July 2, 2018
Her teammate point guard Kelsey Plum she is also the NCAA all-time leading scorer in women’s history. Plum also decided to speak out by tweeting as well, “WNBA players are not looking to be compensated in the same capacity as their male counterparts, but they are looking to increase their stake in the revenue share to 50 percent. Right now their current CBA deal gives them around 20”
I’m tired of people thinking that us players are asking for the same type of money as NBA players.. we are asking for the same percentage of revenue shared within our CBA. NBA players receive around 50% of shared revenue within their league, whereas we receive around 20%.
— Kelsey Plum (@Kelseyplum10) July 12, 2018
14-year veteran Diana Taurasi shared her thoughts in a recent interview with Chris “See Hendo” Henderson
“We have been talking about this for the past ten years, and it is the same adage. She would continue by stating that it is going to take drastic measures to get anything done. You can talk about it, and you can post it on Instagram we had an opportunity four years ago to take a stand as players. Instead, we took a bad CBA deal and anytime where you want something to make a difference you have to be willing to risk it all. At that time we weren’t, and we took a bad deal, and now we are in the same position we were 12 years ago. Not making a lot of money and not many improvements as a league we eventually have to take a stand as players.” said Taurasi.
Also, back in July, I spoke with Taurasi teammate fellow WNBA champion and All-Star Brittney Griner. The former Baylor Bear had to this to say about the salary concerns.
We should get paid more I don’t know where it is supposed to come from that is not my job. That is somebody else’s job, but we should definitely get paid more there is no reason why we should have to go overseas to make a living… All we hear is that it is going to get better and we are working on it… So, what is happening? Because we do not see it in our paychecks.” Griner told me back in July. Since then the interview has been picked up by Forbes and Basketball Society’s Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson
She would double down on her comments to me on her Instagram after a post surfaced claiming that she named Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson and his hefty salary: “You have mediocre players like Tyler Johnson making almost $20M a year. We deserve more respect.” according to NBA Reddit sub r/heat posted by the user wallheat23 that went to now a since-deleted Instagram post.
I do believe we should get paid more in the WNBA before players decide to only play overseas and rest our bodies during the summer…I have said that they make a crazy amount of money and it would be nice to make even half of what they make. Said Griner.
📛 Never said this BTW📛 I do believe we should get paid more in the WNBA before players decide to only play overseas and rest our bodies during the summer. However, I never called out a NBA player. I have said that they make a crazy amount of money and it would be nice to make even half of what they make. Also( no disrespect but I don’t even knCadow who he is) wouldn’t call out anybody I don’t know. Especially don’t know what he makes. I just know we don’t make shit.
The pay concerns were address again when Dallas Wings Star Skylar Diggin Smith has joined in the conversation as well.
“I’m the highest-paid player on the Dallas Wings, and my salary is in the low six figures,” Diggins-Smith, who made $115,000 this past season, told Wealthsimple.com. “Harrison Barnes, the highest-paid player on the Dallas Mavericks, made $24 million last season. He’s definitely younger than me. Do you know his stats? Was he an All-Star? I mean, it doesn’t matter. But last year, I was First-Team All-WNBA, which only goes to five players. I was also a WNBA All-Star for the third time.”
13- year veteran Cappie Pondexter tells TMZ Sports she BARELY makes six figures a year as one of the WNBA’s biggest superstars … and she’s pissed off about it, saying the league “should pay me what I deserve!”
“It’s just getting out of line now,” Said Pondexter.
“I’ve been in the league for 13 years, making the vet minimum, which for me is $113,000 for the last five years, which is nothing compared to what the minimum is and the maximum is for the NBA.”
“I’m not saying that we have to get what they have, but I think we should see some progress at this point.”
If other stars like Diana Taurasi and Elena Delle Donne are down for it. Pondexter would actually be willing go on strike.