Sparks’ Dearica Hamby criticizes Aces for ‘traumatizing’ her after her pregnancy announcement;  WNBPA to investigate

Sparks’ Dearica Hamby criticizes Aces for ‘traumatizing’ her after her pregnancy announcement; WNBPA to investigate

Sparks’ Dearica Hamby criticizes Aces for ‘traumatizing’ her after her pregnancy announcement;  WNBPA to investigate

The WNBPA announced Saturday that it has launched an investigation in Las Vegas Aces management after an unnamed player raised “serious concerns” about one of its members. That player is likely Dearica Hamby, who lambasted Aces management for “traumatizing” her in an explosive statement posted to Instagram hours after the team traded it to the Los Angeles Sparks.

Hamby claimed the Aces were dishonest with her during contract negotiations this summer, adding that they falsely accused her of signing an extension while she was pregnant. The sixth-time female player of the year announced her second pregnancy after the Aces won their first WNBA title last September, prompting Aces management to question her commitment to the team because, according to Hamby, they didn’t “expect ” that she gets pregnant in the next two years.

“I was asked if I planned my pregnancy,” Hamby wrote. “When I answered ‘no’, I was told ‘I wasn’t taking precautions not to get pregnant’. I was being traded because ‘I wouldn’t be ready and we need bodies’. I planned to play this season and expressed my desire to play this season. I pushed myself throughout my pregnancy and continued to work out (basketball included) on my own and with the team – even on days when it was uncomfortable to walk, only to be incorrectly told that ‘I wasn’t taking my workouts seriously.'”

Hamby stated that she “remained transparent” with the staff only for her honesty to be “received with coldness, disrespect and disregard from members of management”. The 29-year-old found the treatment particularly problematic because she came from women who upheld values ​​that support other women.

“The unprofessional and unethical manner in which I treated her was traumatizing,” Hamby wrote. “To be treated this way by an organization, BY WOMEN who are mothers, who claim to ‘be in this place’, who preach family, chemistry and female empowerment is disappointing and makes me sick to my stomach.”

Las Vegas traded Hamby, who until Saturday spent his entire eight-year career with the Aces, for Amanda Zahui B. and a 2024 second-round pick. Zahui B. missed last season after Los Angeles suspended his contract, giving she an “expired contract – suspended” designation that would allow the Aces to cancel his $169,000 contract to make room for a maximum free agent. 29-year-old center Zahui B. last played for the Sparks in 2021, when she averaged 9.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

The Aces have yet to respond to statements by Hamby and the WNBPA.

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