Hammon nie le harcèlement et critique l’enquête de la WNBA.

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Becky Hammon, coach of the Las Vegas Aces, has spoken out following the announcement that she has been suspended for two games without pay and that the franchise has lost a 2025 first-round draft pick over the treatment of forward Dearica Hamby. Hamby had alleged that she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks in January because she was pregnant and that the Aces acted unethically toward her. Hammon countered that the trade was « a business decision » based on the Aces’ needs. Hammon said that, to her knowledge, no Aces players from last season were interviewed by the league. The WNBA had said in its statement that « the investigation included interviews with 33 people and a review of numerous texts, e-mails and other documents. »

Hammon addressed the possibility of a fake text chain being created. Asked if she thought Hamby had done that, Hammon said, « I’m saying I don’t believe anybody in our organization sent any nasty texts to Dearica Hamby. I think that’s completely fabricated from somebody on the outside that doesn’t know what the hell’s going on. » The Aces released a statement Tuesday supporting Hammon and saying they were « deeply disappointed » with the outcome of the WNBA’s investigation. Hamby had been with the Aces’ organization since 2015, when the franchise was still in San Antonio as the Stars. She agreed to a two-year contract extension in June.

The WNBA said it was penalizing Hammon and the Aces for « violating league and team Respect in the Workplace policies. » « I handled Dearica with care from day one when she told me [about the pregnancy], and she knows that, » Hammon said. « Once I made the phone call that the decision had been made to move her, that’s when everything kind of fell apart. » Hammon said the Aces traded Hamby because they wanted to add other players and needed to create salary cap room. After the trade, the Aces brought in a pair of two-time WNBA champions in Candace Parker and Alysha Clark. They also added Cayla George, a center from Australia who last played in the WNBA in 2018 but has been very successful in her home country’s league, the WNBL, winning four titles.

Hammon said Wednesday that current Aces players — including 2022 starters A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray — told her the WNBA did not speak to them for the investigation. She said she believed the league did speak to former Aces center Liz Cambage, who played for Las Vegas in 2019 and 2021, before Hammon took over as coach. However, the WNBA told ESPN on Wednesday that Cambage was not interviewed as part of the investigation. Hammon said she understands that Hamby is upset and feels bad about that, but that the accusations against her and the Aces are not true. « Whatever Dearica deemed as painful … I’m not invalidating her feelings, » Hammon said. « I’m sorry that they were hurt. My job is to have tough conversations. My job is to make the Aces better every year. And sometimes, that’s a hard process. This decision had everything to do with freeing up money to sign free agents. That’s all this was. … This trade had to happen for the Las Vegas Aces to get better. »

Keywords: Becky Hammon, Las Vegas Aces, Dearica Hamby, WNBA, pregnancy, trade, salary cap room, investigation.

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