Atlanta Dream co-owner Renee Montgomery confirmed that the WNBA and players association is looking into the incident that Courtney Williams posted on her YouTube channel earlier this week.
Montgomery, speaking during ESPN’s halftime of Game 4 of the Connecticut Sun-Chicago Sky semifinals series, said that the Dream were aware of the incident which was captured on video, involving Williams and Crystal Bradford.
“We saw a clip in May that was 10 to 15 seconds long with no context. Coach [Mike] Petersen, he talked to the players involved, and he told us that they assured us that it was in self-defense so we wanted to believe our players,” Montgomery said of the former interim coach who stepped down in July. “So we chose to believe our players, and ultimately didn’t have any disciplinary actions. But the thing is, we only understood the magnitude of the situation when we saw that the fuller clip was posted.”
Williams posted the full video over the weekend that showed herself, Bradford and former teammate Kalani Brown engaged in a physical altercation in a parking lot in the Atlanta area. It was not clear when the video was shot in May or what precipitated the fight.
Williams later deleted the video from YouTube and apologized for its contents. Her agent, Marcus Crenshaw of The Fam Sports Agency, said on an Instagram Live with Khristina Williams of Girls Talk Sports TV on Tuesday night that Williams and Bradford would not return to the Dream. Both players are free agents.
Montgomery did not address the players’ status with the team.
“This is a tough situation for everyone involved. No one feels good or happy about what transpired,” Montgomery said. “And I know a lot of people want information, but right now the league is involved, and we’re dealing with the process that’s gonna involve the league and the WNBPA so we have to respect that.”
The league and Dream released statements earlier this week that they were aware of the video and "gathering more information."