The WNBA is the league of ‘contract divorces’

Liz Cambage is the latest WNBA player to go through a divorce contract with her team.

Liz Cambage is the latest WNBA player to go through a divorce contract with her team.
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The thing about marriage that most people don’t realize, or forget, is that it’s a binding legal document, which makes it a contract. But, even though divorce is the breaking of a contract and union, the idea of ​​putting the two terms together has generally been a foreign concept, until the WNBA started doing it.

For the second straight season, WNBA players have been involved in “contract divorces” with their former teams. It is as if the two parties parted ways with their divorce attorneys by their side.

“NEWS: @LASparksAgree to Contract Divorce with Liz Cambage,” read the team’s tweet earlier in the week.

“It is with support that we share Liz Cambage’s decision to terminate her contract with the organization,” Sparks managing partner Eric Holoman said in a statement.. “We want the best for Liz and have agreed to part amicably. The Sparks remain excited about our core group and are focused on our race to a playoff spot in 2022.”

On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes shed light on how the saga culminated in a “divorce by contract” after conflict over choosing a jersey number, criticism at movie sessions, and on-pitch grievances Cambage had with teammates. Things never got better in Los Angeles after reports surfaced that the reason Cambage left Australia’s national team ahead of the 2021 Olympics due to “mental health issues” was because he called the players “monkeys.” of the Nigerian national team: something she still denies. Ironically, the leaders of Sparks are the sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, who are Nigerian.

You can imagine how things were in that locker room, as it all led to a “contract divorce,” something Tina Charles also had an entanglement with this season.

“After discussions with Tina and her agent, it was best for both parties to go their separate ways at this point.” Phoenix general manager Jim Pitman wrote in a statement.. “Due to circumstances both within and beyond our control, our season has not gone according to plan, and we will continue to seek every avenue to improve.”

After losing in the WNBA Finals last season, things haven’t gone well for the Mercury as their best player: Brittney Griner — has been locked up in a Russian jail cell for more than 160 days. Charles is out and currently plays for the Seattle Storm, who are ranked second in the Western Conference.

If you’re a bit confused about this process, here’s how it works.

Teams and players have the right to mutually agree to terminate a contract before it ends. After that, the team must apply for waivers, followed by commissioner approval. Once the issue is resolved and the player releases waivers, the contract will be terminated and the amount of the player’s remaining salary will be reduced or eliminated. In simpler terms, it is something like the termination of a contract after a player has asked to be released. And after that, both parties made a deal about the money and what is owed or not.

And while Charles and Cambage made headlines, there have been five “contract divorces” in the WNBA in 2022. There were only three last season.

Breakups are normal and rules, and contracts, are made to be broken. But in the last two seasons, the WNBA has given us a new term. So the next time a relationship, business, job, or situation isn’t working out for you, channel your inner Liz Cambage and Tina Charles and pursue a “divorce by contract.”

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