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Phoenix Mercury's Skylar Diggins-Smith slams team for treatment while on maternity leave

A Phoenix Mercury player is not happy with the way she has been treated by the WNBA team while on maternity leave and she aired her grievances against the club on social media Thursday.

Skylar Diggins-Smith, who has not played for the Mercury this season after having a baby, slammed the organization for the way it has treated her during her leave in a series of posts on X.

The posts appeared to begin when Diggins-Smith responded to a post about how the Phoenix Mercury had not recognized that it was her birthday.

She posted: "They’re not gonna acknowledge me this year and it’s ok guys. We’re not affiliated unless it’s the checks….per management. I can’t even use the practice facility or any resources. But I still love the X-Factor!!"

Diggins-Smith later replied to another tweet wondering why she couldn't use the team's practice facility.

She wrote: "Sadly, no…or any massage therapists, chiropractor, chefs, strength and conditioning, nutritionist accessibility, etc… they EVERY other player has access to. However I’m still down 48lbs on my own and I’m feeling great!"

Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith is not happy with the way she has been treated by the Mercury while on maternity leave.
Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith is not happy with the way she has been treated by the Mercury while on maternity leave.

She wasn't done there.

"It was all good when I was leaving for personal time!!," she next posted. "But when I’m leaving bc I was having complications and scared of risking my child….while leading the league in minutes (pregnant). Trade her?"

Some other posts from Diggins-Smith about the situation:

Diggins-Smith turned 33 years old on Wednesday.

She married former Notre Dame football player Daniel Smith in April 2017. The couple have two children, the most recent, a daughter who was born "recently", according to a May essence.com story.

Diggins-Smith announced that she was pregnant in October.

She averaged 19.7 points per games in 30 games last season and was a WNBA All-Star selection for the sixth time.

She is still listed on the Mercury's official roster.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Phoenix Mercury's Skylar Diggins-Smith slams team on maternity leave