Atlanta Dream guard Courtney Williams has apologized for a video which shows her and teammates involved in a fight near a food truck in Atlanta. The altercation, which took place in May of this year, did not come to light until recently.
"I want to sincerely apologize for the video posted yesterday," Williams wrote on Twitter Monday. "I would never want to represent myself or the organization in a negative way. I'm learning everyday so I ask for grace as I'm growing. Again I apologize to all attached, and I will be better moving forward."
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Williams initially posted a video to YouTube on Sunday in which she discussed the incident. Her 39-minute long video has since been deleted, but footage of the actual fight soon began circulating on social media. In the viral clip posted to Twitter, Williams and teammate Crystal Bradford are seen exchanging punches with a group of people, while Kalani Brown tries to break things up. Further details about what caused the fight are unclear, though it does not appear anyone was seriously injured.
"The behavior in the video is unacceptable and does not align with our values as an organization," the Dream said in a statement to ESPN on Monday. "We are taking this matter very seriously and working with the league to gather more information and determine next steps."
The league added, "We just became aware of the video and are in the process of gathering more information."
Brown was previously waived by the Dream, while Williams and Bradford are set to be free agents. The Dream have informed the two that they will not be re-signed under any circumstance, according to Howard Megdal of Next Hoops. At this point it's unclear if there will be any further discipline for the players involved, but because they are all free agents, it would have to come from the league.
This situation is just the latest in what has been a tumultuous year-plus for the Dream. Previous team owner Kelly Loeffler -- then a sitting U.S. senator from Georgia -- criticized the league's social justice campaigns in the wake of George Floyd's death last summer. Players on the Dream then led an effort to oust Loeffler from her senate seat by endorsing Raphael Warnock, who eventually won that election. Later, Loeffler was also forced out of the league, and the team was sold to an investment group that included former Dream player Renee Montgomery.
On the court, former head coach Nicki Collen left abruptly earlier this year during training camp to become the head women's basketball coach at Baylor University. Mike Petersen was appointed as interim head coach, but he stepped down midway through the season citing health concerns and was replaced by Darius Taylor.
In addition, Chennedy Carter, the No. 4 overall pick in 2020, was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after a July 4 loss and did not return the rest of the season. Between coaching changes, Carter's absence and injuries, the Dream finished in 11th place at 8-24 and missed the playoffs for a third straight season.