Chris Paul under fire in Damian Lillard’s mentions
After Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard retweeted a video posted by ESPN producer Kayla Johnson on Monday of the seemingly horrid and unsanitary conditions of the “laundry room” at the facilities of the WNBA’s “bubble” at the IMG Academy Orlando, one of the WNBA’s own stars used the opportunity to call out NBA Players Association President Chris Paul. The NBA star was hoping it wasn’t real.
“Just got this video from one of the laundry rooms inside the WNBA ‘bubble’ and couldn’t be more disturbed. this is not ok,”
Johnson captioned with the now-widely circulated video showing an unkempt room with a mousetrap on the wall.
In his retweet, Lillard wrote “Smfh I hope this fake.”
Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike replied to Lillard’s post with the message:
“It could be, but your Prez keeps me on ‘read’…”
It could be, but your Prez keeps me on “read”…
— Nneka Ogwumike (@Nnemkadi30) July 7, 2020
With her response, Ogwumike seems to be implying that Paul—who will be heading to Disney World in Orlando with the Oklahoma City Thunder—has overlooked the WNBA while working on the NBA and WNBA’s respective restart plans in Orlando.
Johnson continued to post videos showing the repellent conditions of the WNBA’s facilities, including footage of a worm on the floor of a hotel bedroom, and a less-than-delicious looking dining option.
this was a meal option served to some WNBA players. i don’t think they would have agreed if this is what was advertised. pic.twitter.com/C9PjykUd3l
— Kayla Johnson (@klajohnson) July 7, 2020
While some made light of the conditions, others shared their outrage. Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd also voiced her displeasure about the plumbing on the IMG campus, while New York Liberty center Kiah Stokes hinted that the bubble may not be as isolated as it should be.