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UPDATE: WNBA making moves to address bubble issues

As the WNBA arrives at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, to tip off its 2020 season, posts on social media from players and media alike have raised concerns about the living conditions inside the bubble. The WNBA is taking swift action to relocate players with inadequate housing.

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Jewell Loyd posted a cryptic message on Instagram about the living conditions inside the WNBA bubble.
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The WNBA announced in June that the 2020 season will be played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, “bubble” to limit exposure to COVID-19. With the season due to start on July 24th, players have begun arriving at the “wubble,” a nickname for the WNBA’s version of the NBA’s “bubble.”

There have been issues with the living conditions inside the “wubble,” but as ESPN’s Holly Rowe reports the league under WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert’s leadership is taking swift action to find adequate housing for players.

An unnamed source told Deadspin that two teams had to be moved to different rooms due to the presence of bed bugs. Additionally, the source said, “I know the league is working to fix some issues.”

“As the teams are able to leave their quarantine in a few days, they will get their first views of the courts and training facilities,” the source added. “Right now it’s just working through the housing problems.”

Kayla Johnson of ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” posted two videos that were sent to her of a laundry room that showed water damage, mold or mildew and a mousetrap. The other video showed what looked like worms on a carpeted floor. The videos have since spread across Twitter.

A third post showed a meal that was served to some players. The execution and presentation are definitely lacking, but there is no word about whether the food was actually edible.

Diamond DeShields of the Chicago Sky hasn’t been eating the food because she does not eat meat and has only been served meat.

Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm posted a clip from “Schitt’s Creek” with some hashtags implying that the living conditions are not up to her expectations.

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Breanna Stewart, Loyd’s teammate for Seattle, posted an Instagram story of teammate Epiphany Prince’s bed, showing bed bug traps. No bed bugs were present in the video.

While we are just 24 hours into this experiment, it does not seem to have gotten off on the right foot. Hopefully, as we all continue down this road of coping with the coronavirus pandemic, it does not get any worse than what we have seen or heard so far.