This was not what WNBA players had in mind when they reported to their hotel at the “bubble” in Bradenton, Fla., to prepare for games that are scheduled to take place at the IMG Academy.
Players circulated images upon arriving at their temporary living conditions on Monday. More information emerged Tuesday, and NBA players such as Damian Lillard and Nassir Little spoke out against the unsanitary scenes depicted in the pictures.
One photo showed a worm on the floor of a hotel room. Another showed a mouse trap in the laundry room. Deadspin reported Tuesday that two teams needed to change rooms because of an infestation of bed bugs, quoting a source saying the league is “working to fix some issues.”
“Smfh I hope this is fake,” Lillard wrote on Twitter.
Little added: “Bruh there is no way. That ain’t okay.”
Bleacher Report reported Tuesday that a survey was sent to people in lodge housing, and that IMG Academy executives were working to address the problems.
The WNBA is planning to play a 22-game season before a traditional playoff, all held at the IMG Academy “bubble.”