The pay gap between men and women is not only an issue for regular folks, but celebrities and athletes as well. WNBA player Cappie Pondexter revealed that there is a major pay disparity between WNBA and NBA players. The Indiana Fever player told TMZ that she makes six figures a year, which is unfair because NBA players, especially vets, rack in millions per year.
“It’s just getting out of line now,” Pondexter said. “I’ve been in the league for 13 years, making the vet minimum, which for me is $113,000 for the last five years, which is nothing compared to what the minimum is and the maximum is for the NBA. I’m not saying that we have to get what they have, but I think we should see some progress at this point.”
According to Business Insider, the average NBA player brings in $7.1 million a year. ESPN reports that the lowest salary in the NBA is $838,464. With Pondexter’s salary being $113,000, it proves her point that there needs to be some progress in improving their salaries.
Pondexter also said she is willing to go on strike if other veteran players agree to it.
Fellow WNBA player Skylar Diggins also sounded off about the pay gap in the WNBA earlier this week.
“It’s unfortunate that men make more money for the same amount of work, or even less work,” the 28-year-old told Wealthsimple. “Players in the NBA get about 50% of the revenue. For women, the percentage is in the twenties…, which is kind of unbelievable.”
Diggins also revealed that she has the highest selling jersey in the WNBA and does not get a portion of the jersey sales.
“I’m the highest paid player on the Dallas Wings, and my salary is in the low six figures. [Harrison Barnes, the highest paid player on the Dallas Mavericks, made $24 million last season],” she continued.
She also said the WNBA players often play overseas in the summer to earn more money.
“It’s ridiculous,” she said. “Shame on them not to put us in positions to be successful when we have the best product. Change has to start within our league.”