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Michael Porter Jr.’s WNBA pay scale feedback have been impossibly fallacious and dangerous

The excitement around women’s basketball in recent years is undeniable. The 2023 NCAA women’s basketball national championship game between LSU and Iowa was one of the best sporting events of the year, and drew massive ratings for ESPN. The 2023 WNBA Finals between two superteams in the New York Liberty and Las Vegas Aces also

The excitement around women’s basketball in recent years is undeniable. The 2023 NCAA women’s basketball national championship game between LSU and Iowa was one of the best sporting events of the year, and drew massive ratings for ESPN. The 2023 WNBA Finals between two superteams in the New York Liberty and Las Vegas Aces also

The joy round girls’s basketball in recent times is simple. The 2023 NCAA girls’s basketball nationwide championship recreation between LSU and Iowa was among the finest sporting occasions of the yr, and drew massive ratings for ESPN. The 2023 WNBA Finals between two superteams within the New York Liberty and Las Vegas Aces additionally generated some of the highest TV ratings in league history. Earlier this week, I got to witness the Caitlin Clark phenomenon in person, which was one thing adjoining to Beatles-mania for the younger women in attendance.

Curiosity in girls’s hoops is just going to proceed trending up with a lot nice younger expertise within the recreation, however the WNBA nonetheless has actual issues. Groups are sometimes traveling without charter flights, participant salaries are nonetheless extraordinarily low, and the advertising and marketing of the league may use an entire overhaul. Girls hoopers want extra advocates from each the media and males’s gamers, however sadly some males are nonetheless caught in the dead of night.

Denver Nuggets ahead Michael Porter Jr. appeared on The Pivot podcast with Ryan Clark this week, and gave some extraordinarily cringeworthy and inaccurate opinions on the WNBA. Porter Jr. in contrast girls’s basketball gamers to ping-pong gamers asking for more cash, stated he’d watch extra girls’s basketball if the gamers dunked extra typically, and completely missed the purpose of pay equality within the league.

You can watch the full interview here. Right here’s a clip that’s gone viral for a way silly Porter Jr.’s feedback are.

Porter Jr. is thought for his dangerous opinions as a lot as his candy leap shot, and this one isn’t going to win him any new followers. Why even give him a platform to spew this rubbish?

WNBA gamers will not be asking to make the identical salaries as their NBA counterparts as Porter appears to be suggesting. As a substitute, WNBA gamers are asking for a similar share of shared income that their NBA counterparts get. WNBA gamers have gone a very long time with out getting a lower of merchandise gross sales, for instance, whereas NBA gamers do. Aces celebrity guard Kelsey Plum defined a part of what WNBA gamers are asking for in a 2022 interview:

Here’s a full explainer on how revenue sharing in the WNBA works after the latest CBA. There have been some enhancements, nevertheless it nonetheless isn’t sufficient.

Porter is getting slammed on social media for referring to girls as “females.” His level about wanting girls to dunk earlier than he begins watching is perhaps his most insulting of all. Stephen Curry hasn’t dunked this season and he’s nonetheless fairly thrilling. Girls’s basketball is nice, and it completely doesn’t want above-the-rim play to seize the eye it deserves.

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Porter Jr. ought to know higher, contemplating his sisters played the game at a high level. Right here’s a small pattern of the response on social media from MPJ’s feedback.

mpj has stated so so so many dumb issues about so so so many matters that i discover it onerous to even get riled up about his wnba bullshit. the boy has rocks for a mind.

— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) February 3, 2024

That MPJ interview actually has me steaming. From his ignorance to him repeatedly referring to girls as “females”.

— Janae Sims (@auntienae95) February 3, 2024

I really like how MPJ’s dumb feedback popping out the identical evening a freshman named Juju Watkins has dropped 40 factors via three quarters towards the 4th ranked Cardinal!

— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) February 3, 2024

MPJ doesn’t perceive how insensitive and disrespectful his feedback have been however as soon as once more these males on @thepivot podcast and different’s who faux care make it worse for ladies! Don’t convey it up should you’re not going to do your analysis so mainly SHUT UP!

— April Sykes (@AP_Slush24) February 3, 2024

I assume @realclark25 requested #MPJ his ideas on the ladies’s recreation bc he wore Stewies shoe, however the lack of knowledge with regards to the inequities/inequality in girls’s professional sports activities is a matter in that convo @thepivot. Trying ahead to the observe up bc that WASN’T IT.

— Annie Costabile (@AnnieCostabile) February 3, 2024

As many identified, Porter’s feedback went viral on the same day USC freshman sensation JuJu Watkins dropped 51 points in a win over top-five Stanford. Girls’s basketball goes to proceed to soar. Porter Jr. ought to examine his incorrect assumptions and tune in.

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