Candace Parker And Steve Harvey Discuss WNBA Pay Gap: Players Make ’10-20 Times More’ Overseas

In an interview with Steve Harvey on his new Facebook Watch series “STEVE on Watch”, Los Angeles Sparks’ star Candace Parker talked basketball bags with Mr. Harvey.

In the interview, she highlighted the “ridiculous” gender pay gap between male and female basketball players and whether or not she felt any progress has been made on the subject. Fact: WNBA stars only make a fraction of their NBA counterpart’s salaries. According to Fortune, the average salary for women only hovers somewhere around $75,000.

Candace told Steve,

“It’s funny because everyone would ask me, ‘What’s your off-season job, what’s your summer job?’ Actually, this is my summer job, the WNBA, because I feed my daughter overseas … I went to Russia and played for 5 years, I played in China, I played in Turkey and the money over there is 10-20 times more than you would make here,” she stated. “What’s my other job? Actually, this is my other job.”

The maximum WNBA salary is reportedly around $125k overseas, and Harvey applauded its players for being “smart” businesswomen and finding more money elsewhere.

“These women are business people, they’re very smart,” he said, “When the WNBA isn’t playing, they go overseas, they make millions. They make millions, for real. They make real money. She balling!”

Who said a lady can only chase an American bag? ?

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