• Sophia Hosford

Poor conditions revealed in WNBA "bubble"

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Vile and disgusting, the WNBA “bubble” in Bradenton, Florida, the site of their 2020 season, is repulsive. Ridden with bed bugs, worms, mouse traps, and unappealing meals, the “bubble” lacks the basic cleanliness and sanitation that fans and players alike expect. A professional sports league should not have to put up with these conditions, ever. Players are leaving friends, family, and safety behind in order to return to the game they love, the least the WNBA could do is guarantee cleanliness, and ensure the best possible conditions for their athletes.

Elena Delle Donne, reigning WNBA MVP, has denounced the “bubble”, deeming it “Unacceptable” in response to a Deadspin article detailing the set-up in Bradenton. With disgusting boxed lunches aplenty, several players have refused to eat the league-administered meals. Kayla Johnson, digital producer for ESPN, has tweeted multiple videos, delving into the disgusting laundry rooms, meals, and bedrooms.

Many other players have called out the league, commenting on the lack of respect towards the players and the unsatisfactory conditions. An unnamed league source further corroborated, telling Donovan Dooley of Deadspin “The girls obviously just got there. They have had issues with cleanliness of the housing. Two teams had bed bugs in their living quarters and had to be moved immediately. They are in a four-day quarantine and cannot leave their rooms and are receiving boxed meals. Many of the players refused breakfast this morning as dinner was not something they would eat”. The WNBA is keen on returning to play, but they need to ensure that the conditions their players live in and work in are sanitary and do not bring about additional safety hazards, especially in the COVID-19 era.

Photo: (Doug Pensinger /Allsport)

Video evidence from the Twitter of Kayla Johnson: https://twitter.com/klajohnson/status/1280353523276840960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1280353523276840960%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdeadspin.com%2Fajax%2Finset%2Fiframe%3Fid%3Dtwitter-1280353523276840960autosize%3D1

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