Bradley Beal has been an open supporter of the Washington Mystics for years. He'll regularly pop by Mystics games in Southeast D.C. and this year made an appearance with cohort John Wall wearing Elena Delle Donne's mask.
On Sunday he took his fandom one step further before Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. He wrote an excerpt in The Players' Tribune titled 'Masks On' to talk about a myriad of topics concerning the Mystics.
Most notably, he jumped into the topic of how much the women get paid.
These women need to get paid, and they need to get treated like the stars that they are.
A lot of people talk about the “Player Empowerment Era” right now, and I’m proud of that — it’s an important thing, and it’s a beautiful thing. It’s been this great moment of players in the NBA standing their ground and knowing their worth. It’s been an era of players no longer accepting the status quo. But one thing that I think has gotten lost in the shuffle of all that, or at least not stressed enough, is the idea that true player empowerment means fighting for the empowerment of all players — not just NBA players. Not just male players. Otherwise, what are we actually accomplishing?
The maximum salary of a veteran WNBA player is $113,500. And Beal isn't trying to be over the top. He just wants them paid equally.
You see people out there acting like these women are being greedy, or trying to make $30 million a year. But that’s not the case. All they’re doing is asking for a more equal piece of their league’s pie. A term we use when we talk about the pie in our NBA negotiations is “BRI,” or Basketball Related Income — and I think that’s a helpful way of explaining what these women are after. In the NBA, we as players get 50% of our league’s total BRI. In the WNBA? I think they get less than 25% of theirs. How is it being greedy to ask for more equality?
Last season it was estimated that the players received about 22% of the revenue share.
Beal also talks about how there should be more women's coaches in the NBA. He credited his experience with the Mystics' Kristi Toliver this past season, who served as an assistant coach for the Wizards, to his development as a player.
"I’m a much better player for having gotten to work with Kristi, no doubt," Beal said in the piece.
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