TMZ is reporting that the L.A. Sparks have fired General Manager Penny Toler after she was SOOOOOOOOO mad after a playoff lose that she confronted the team and she admitted to using the “N” word towards them.
The Sparks released a statement
“Toler was relieved of her duties and will no longer be with the organization, effective immediately. A national search will begin immediately to identify the next general manager of the Sparks. Managing Partner and Governor Eric Holoman will assume the duties in the interim.”
Toler is said to have entered the locker room following a Sept. 19th loss to the Connecticut Sun and went on a rant calling out the team for bad playing. Toler said she did use the word but insists it was not directed as a slur toward one of her players.
“It’s unfortunate I used that word,” … “I shouldn’t. Nobody should. … But you know, like I said, I’m not here to defend word by word by word what I said. I know some of the words that I’m being accused of are embellished.”
The Sparks thanked Toler for what she accomplished during her 20 seasons with the team. You gotta give her credit, the Sparks made the playoffs 18 times and won WNBA titles in 2001, 2002 and 2016 while she was there.
Toler was a founding member of the WNBA and played for the Sparks from 1997-1999, scoring the first basket in WNBA history.