- Oct 26, 2018
The Sparks have parted ways with general manager Penny Toler. The decision comes after Toler is said to have given a fiery speech to the team, in which she used harsh language and racial epithets.
Sparks part with GM Penny Toler amid turmoil
Oct 4, 2019
The Los Angeles Sparks have relieved executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler of her duties, the team announced Friday.
The move comes after the Sparks were swept out of the WNBA semifinals, a series in which sources said Toler gave a fiery speech to the team after Game 2 that included the "N-word" on multiple occasions.
"By no means did I call my players the N-word," Toler told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne days before her departure. "I'm not saying that I couldn't have used it in a context. But it wasn't directed at any of my players.
"It's unfortunate I used that word. I shouldn't. Nobody should. ... But you know, like I said, I'm not here to defend word by word by word what I said. I know some of the words that I'm being accused of are embellished. Did I give a speech that I hoped would get our team going? Yes.
"I think that this whole conversation has been taken out of context because when we lose, emotions are running high and, unfortunately and obviously, some people feel some type of way."
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