Chiney Ogwumike, Kristi Toliver Choose Out of 2020 WNBA Season

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The Los Angeles Sparks can be with out two of their prime gamers when the WNBA season begins in Bradenton, Fla. Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver are opting out of the 2020 season, the group introduced on Friday.

All 10 different Sparks gamers, together with Candace Parker, will reportedly play this season, according to SB Nation’s Brad Klopfer.

“If you recognize me, you recognize that I’ve overcome among the greatest challenges an athlete can face on the court docket,” Ogwumike stated in a press release. “My earlier accidents have given me power and constructed character, however sadly they require me to watch out with my preparation main as much as a season. This yr is unprecedented in some ways, subsequently my group and I’ve come to the choice to be proactively cautious and put my physique first.

“I’ll proceed to make use of all my platforms to raise and empower my teammates and fellow gamers within the WNBA as we proceed to struggle for our communities. This is not goodbye, it is simply goodbye.”

Ogwumike joined the Sparks in a commerce previous to the 2019 season. Final yr, she averaged 9.6 factors and 5.eight rebounds in 32 video games (14 begins).

“The well being and security of our gamers and employees is the primary precedence for our group,” Managing Accomplice and Governor Eric Holoman stated. “We fully stand behind Chiney’s choice to prioritize her well being and proceed the work she’s doing to struggle for systemic change.”

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