Basketball

Chicago Sky coach James Wade says WNBA official used derogatory term to refer to him

Chicago Sky coach James Wade filed a complaint with the WNBA on Wednesday morning after an official referred to him in a derogatory manner during Tuesday's night's loss to Atlanta.

'That's what I've been dealing with,' says Wade, 1 of 2 Black WNBA head coaches

Chicago Sky head coach James Wade, seen during a game in May, filed a complaint with the WNBA on Wednesday after saying an official referred to him using a derogatory term. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Chicago Sky coach James Wade filed a complaint with the WNBA on Wednesday morning after an official referred to him in a derogatory manner during Tuesday's night's loss to Atlanta.

"When someone tells one of my players `hey explain to your boy,' I take that personal. That's what I've been dealing with. That's how people see me." said Wade on Tuesday night after his team lost 90-83 to the Dream.

Wade is one of two Black male head coaches in the league.

The WNBA typically investigates complaints of this nature, but doesn't comment on pending investigations.

Wade also implied his team is targeted by officials with "ridiculous" calls. Chicago was called for 22 fouls while Atlanta had 21.

"I'm not going to try to victimize anything but I take it personal. It's personal. We don't have any margin for error," Wade said. "Watch the game. It's ridiculous. It's shameful and It's disgraceful. The players work hard. When they come out and try to do the right things and they get penalized for what colors you have on, then I think it's ridiculous."

This incident comes on the heels of the league suspending Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller for a comment he made to an official about Las Vegas Aces' star Liz Cambage. Miller apologized for his remark but was suspended a game and fined $10,000 US by the league.

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