Sue Bird is one of the greatest WNBA players to play the sport, unfortunately, she only gets paid a tiny fraction of what her male counterparts make.
On Saturday, WNBA’s Erica Wheeler posted a graphic that showed how Bird and LeBron James had similar accomplishments throughout their careers yet had a huge pay gap between them.
Ima sit this right here ! Yup look pic.twitter.com/1K6I8jNRcW
— ひ Erica Wheeler ひ (@EWeezy_For3eezy) October 16, 2020
Wheeler’s graphic caused some outrage from WNBA fans.
PAY WOMEN ATHLETES AS MUCH AS YOU PAY MEN ATHLETES!!!! https://t.co/PXPS8L1ZON
— holly k. (@hollyymarieeeee) October 16, 2020
I’m no math expert but this don’t add up right. https://t.co/AOeP9j2pKS
— candice (@can_dyke) October 17, 2020
@WNBA this definitely needs to change and change in a hurry. The women's game of basketball has endured and is here to stay. That comparison is astonishing and difficult to look at. @ShakeBackSports what say ye? https://t.co/uaZGLHCJZi
— Cory Ellison 75 (@coryellison75) October 17, 2020
— Kiesha Brown (@kbfaith4) October 17, 2020
— Michael J (@Opinionated_MJ) October 16, 2020
One day WNBA player will get what they deserve https://t.co/vz2ggtl0tY
— isabella (@isabella_lynn32) October 17, 2020
Others reasoned that LeBron makes more money because of the revenue the NBA brings in.
WNBA yearly revenue – $25 million
NBA yearly revenue – $7.4 billion https://t.co/9NN29ShRKG
— brian heintz (@b_heintzz) October 16, 2020
Sue Bird makes 0.03% of the total WNBA revenue.
Lebron James makes 0.04% of the NBA revenue.
The wage gap is due to the NBA generating $7.4 BILLION in yearly revenue and the WNBA generating $25 MILLION.
Players can’t get paid with money they don’t have. Business is business. https://t.co/DYjHIgZeo8
— vote or die (@thejarius) October 17, 2020