WNBA Suspends Becky Hammon for Allegations of Bullying Pregnant Player
The WNBA has handed a two-game suspension without pay to Becky Hammon, head coach of the Las Vegas Aces. After a former player, Dearica Hamby accused her of bullying and manipulation related to her pregnancy.
The league’s investigation into the allegations led to this disciplinary action against Hammon. Who led the Aces to the WNBA championship in her debut season.
Additionally, the Aces lost their first-round pick in the 2025 draft for violating league rules on impermissible player benefits. This is the first instance in WNBA history where a draft pick has been revoked from a team.
Details of the Investigation
While specific details were not disclosed by the WNBA, it was stated that Hammon violated the league and team’s policies on “respect in the workplace.” The investigation, which spanned several months, followed the claims made by Dearica Hamby.
The league’s decision reflects its commitment to maintaining integrity, fairness and upholding the values of respect.
The Las Vegas Aces expressed deep disappointment with the outcome of the investigation. And issued a statement affirming their support for Coach Becky Hammon.
The team emphasized their commitment to their players’ well-being and maintaining high professional standards.
They questioned the consistency of the WNBA’s determinations regarding Hammon, stating that her actions align with the caring and compassionate person she is. Forming close personal relationships with her players.
Loss of Draft Pick of Becky Hammon Case
In addition to the suspension, the Aces also face the consequence of forfeiting their first-round pick in the 2025 draft. This penalty was imposed due to a separate violation concerning impermissible player benefits involving Dearica Hamby.
The Aces had traded Hamby to the Los Angeles Sparks on January 21. The loss of their first-round pick for the second consecutive season raises concerns about their future prospects in team building.
League’s Statement and Commitment
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert emphasized the importance of upholding integrity, fairness, and respect in the league.
The disciplinary actions against the Aces, along with the violation of the Respect in the Workplace policies.
Also, highlight the league’s commitment to ensuring standards are followed across all teams. Enhanced training will be conducted to ensure compliance with these policies in the future.
Becky Hammon’s Coaching Career
Becky Hammon, renowned for her coaching abilities, spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and has emerged as one of basketball’s rising stars.
She became the first woman to take charge during an NBA game when she assumed head coaching duties in place of Gregg Popovich.
Her successful coaching career and accomplishments have led to her induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August.
The WNBA’s decision to suspend Becky Hammon for two games following allegations of bullying and manipulation towards a pregnant player highlights the league’s commitment to maintaining integrity and respect.
The Aces face the additional penalty of forfeiting their first-round pick in the 2025 draft. While the team stands by Coach Hammon, the players’ union expresses disappointment with the imposed penalties. The repercussions of these actions may impact the Aces’ future team-building efforts.