A’ja Wilson Rumors
When LeBron James signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers last July, A’ja Wilson was left shaking her head. And tweeting. Wilson, a former University of South Carolina women’s basketball standout who plays for the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, is a fan of James, to be sure, but took to Twitter to underscore the disparity between NBA salaries and those of players in the WNBA.
“It is a large gap, and a tough pill to swallow,” said Wilson, a Hopkins native who will speak at the quarterly Coaches 4 Character program Thursday night at Greenville’s Relentless Church. “I realize things aren’t going to happen overnight, but it’s more of a respect thing – people on social media downgrading me because I’m a woman. That’s where we have to start. The biggest thing I learned about being a pro athlete is people are going to say a lot of things.”
“The pay gap is there – not necessarily just in sports, but across all workplaces,” Wilson said. “The NBA players back us up. They know that it’s real. I’m glad to have tweeted something that sparked conversation and brought awareness. I’m a female athlete and should be respected as much as anyone else.”
CBS News recently caught up with five current NBA stars at the premiere of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K19 and asked them two questions about the WNBA: Are they fans and who are their favorite players? Jayson Tatum: “I love the WNBA! I was just in Portland, Oregon, doing some Nike stuff and Kelsey Plum was there. Diana Taurasi and the shot she made [against the Seattle Storm]. A’ja [Wilson], I’ve known her for a long time. Brianna Stewart. They have a lot of great players.”
A’ja Wilson, selected 1st overall by the Las Vegas Aces, and Gabby Williams, selected 4th overall by the Chicago Sky, are both Wasserman clients represented by Senior Vice President, Women and Olympics Lindsay Kagawa Colas. Not only does Wasserman represent two of the top four picks in the draft, but it marks the fourth straight year where the agency represents the 1st overall pick.