Thursday, the president of the NBA’s G-League, Malcolm Turner, told ESPN that the league will begin offering “Select Contracts” worth $125,000 to elite high school prospects as an alternative to college basketball beginning in the summer of 2019.
The news was well received by most as another option for high school athletes who aren’t yet eligible to play basketball and earn money at the same time. WNBA star Brittney Griner was among those happy for the guys, but also took the opportunity to make her feelings known about the salaries in the WNBA.
Griner wrote on Instagram and pointed out the inequality between how the men’s leagues treat their players and how the WNBA treats their athletes.
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Must be fucking nice coming out of college getting that. We def didn’t see any money like that till we went overseas. AWAY FROM OUR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES AND HAVE TO PLAY YEAR ROUND. I’m not saying that the dudes shouldn’t get it. So you crazy internet want to be thugs and you men that think women should just be quiet you can just sit y’all silly lil a## down! Something has to give before ppl just say the hell with playing durning the summer, and just rest our bodies and play overseas only were we can make a living for ourselves! People forget that we do this to provide for ourselves and our families. We do this YES because we love to play ball and for the Game! However, I can’t write on bill for the love of the game and think it’s going get paid lol!
Griner certainly has a point. As Forbes reported earlier this year, WNBA salaries cap out at $110,000. That means that the players who sign a “Select Contract” with the G-League, a development league, would be making more money than the stars of the WNBA.
She’s not the first star of the league to air her frustrations. Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage and teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith spoke about the wage gap earlier this season. As Griner said in her post, women can often make more money playing overseas than they do in the WNBA, leaving her and others to wonder if playing in the league during the summer is worth it.