Angel McCoughtry, a five-time WNBA All-Star player for the Minnesota Lynx, recently posted a very critical tweet about Rocky, the NBA mascot for the Denver Nuggets, and his salary of $625,000.
Her tweet contrasted Rocky Lion’s annual salary of $625,000 with that of the highest-paid player in the WNBA, Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, who has won three WNBA championships and five Olympic gold medals, as well as Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm and Breanna Stewart (Phoenix Mercury).
The two-time WNBA leading scorer, McCoughtry tweeted, “I can learn to be a mascot.”
How much do the WNBA Players actually earn?
Kaela Davis is the WNBA player with the lowest salary at $1,607, and eight other players make less than $10,000. While an NBA player’s average compensation last season was almost 8.5 million dollars, a female WNBA player’s average pay is 102,751.
The Goals founder Caroline Fitzgerald’s tweet criticizing the existing salary discrepancy, between WNBA and NBA, was also noticed by the Lynx player. “The pay gap between mascots and elite athletes tells you everything you need to know about how the sports industry values women,” she said.
Difference between the highest-paid NBA and WNBA player
The difference between the pay gap between men and women has always been under discussion. However, the difference between the NBA and the WNBA salary is humongous. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the highest-paid NBA player currently, earning 48,070,014 dollars. In contrast, the highest-paid athlete of the WNBA, Jewell Loyd only makes 228,094 dollars. So that Stephen Curry earns 210 times more than Jewell Loyd. Surprising, right?