A WNBA player appealed for unfairness, saying that she was traded because she was pregnant.
Derica Hamby (30, USA), who played for the WNBA Las Vegas Aces, was traded to the LA Sparks on the 22nd (Korean time).
Instead of sending Hamby and her 2024 rookie first round pick to LA, Las Vegas agreed to receive the 2024 second round pick and preferential bargaining rights for Amanda Jahui, who became a free agent with LA.
Hamby is also a player who played in Cheongju KB of the Korean Women’s Professional Basketball League in the 2015-2016 season.
Shortly after her trade announcement, her hambi took to her own social media outlets to complain about her injustice in the trade.
“Trades are unavoidable in professional leagues,” he argued, “but lies, harassment and discrimination are not.”
Hamby signed a two-year contract extension with Las Vegas last June.
Hamby, who gave birth to her daughter in February 2017, revealed her pregnancy in September last year after Las Vegas won the championship game. 메이저놀이터
She was pregnant during the playoffs and championships and she competed.
The part where Hamby and the club disagree is whether Hamby was aware of her pregnancy when the contract was extended in June.
Hamby said, “Did the club ask me not to get pregnant while signing an extension?” “I plan to play in the 2023 season (opening in May).”
“I’ve been preparing for the season throughout my pregnancy, and I’ve been training even on days when I felt uncomfortable walking,” he said.
He did not hide his disappointment at a club with female leaders such as former WNBA All-Star general manager Natalie Williams and coach Becky Hammon.
“It is very disappointing to be treated like this by a club and women who speak of family and women empowerment,” Hamby added.
The WNBA Players Association also issued a statement saying, “We will look into whether this is in violation of league rules or federal law.”
In a 2020 agreement with the Players Association, the WNBA decided to apply protection rules for pregnant players for eight years.
There is a case in which major league players such as Cheryl Swoops in 1997 and Skyla Diggins Smith in 2019 missed an entire season due to childbirth.
The Associated Press reported, “We contacted the Las Vegas club for a position, but we did not receive a reply.”
However, the Las Vegas club left a message on social media saying, “I am grateful to Hamby for leading the team to victory for eight seasons.”
Hamby won the WNBA Sixth Man Award in 2019 and 2020, and was voted an All-Star in 2021 and 2022. In March 2016, she was selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 7th round of the regular league.