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In a statement, the WNBA conceded the officiating crew for the fifth and deciding game of the Finals not only blew a crucial call in the final two minutes, but failed to even review it, in effect costing the Lynx their record fourth championship in five years and delivering the Los Angeles Sparks the title. “After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that Nneka Ogwumike’s shot with 1:14 remaining in regulation time should not have counted due to a shot-clock violation, and that the referees improperly failed to review the play under the instant replay rules.”
Storyline: Officiating Complaints
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeves recognized this in the immediate aftermath during a candidate interview: “It’s not fair to the players,” said Reeve. “It’s not enough just to apologize and send out a memo that they got something wrong. These players are so invested, and something must be done about the officiating in this league, because it isn’t fair to these great players.”
Verdicts from the league office are one thing. Real change in the locker room is quite another. “It’s more about stigmas than anything else, and I think with those stigmas you have people who are going to be judged,” said Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm. “I think on the men’s side, they’re not quite there yet. Jason Collins, for him to do that, particularly in the basketball world, he was the one who kind of broke down the barrier. And maybe in the future, it’ll change. But I think right now there’s still that stigma. I would love for it to change, because it’s really not that big of a deal in all reality. “The NBA moving the All-Star game was a tremendous stand. It’s about the NBA having that platform to create change that needs to be created.”
Storyline: All-Star Location
Taurasi, and many others, remain skeptical real change and inclusion will come. “Probably not,” she said to that question. “I mean (being gay) is just taboo. It’s something that I feel like a lot of those guys think is a weakness, and they look down upon it. That’s a lot of upbringing. A lot of that is religion, so I think once they get past those things maybe in the future. “It must be hard for them to know that they walk into the locker room having to put a façade on every day. I think one day, like (former University of Missouri football player) Michael Sam did, like Jason did, like a lot of the players in our league have done, it won’t be talked about. It will just be like anything else.”