The Dream suspended second-year guard Chennedy Carter earlier this week after she stayed in the locker room for the second half of the team’s game against the Aces on Sunday, sparking widespread speculation.
Reporting from Spencer Nusbaum published in The Next provides important context into the events leading up to Carter’s early exit from Sunday’s match and the resulting suspension.
According to the report, Dream guard Courtney Williams implored Carter in the first quarter to get more engaged in the game and cheer for her teammates from the bench. An argument ensued between the two teammates, and Carter did not re-enter the game after the opening quarter.
Following the game, Carter approached Williams about playing time and suggested she wanted to fight her teammate, sources told Nusbaum. Williams, who reportedly got into an altercation in 2018 with then-Sun teammate Alex Bentley, made it clear she didn’t want to fight and removed herself from the situation.
While no physical altercation occurred, Atlanta announced on Monday that Carter would be suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Carter’s clash with Williams is part of a broader pattern, Nusbaum reports.
Carter’s negative impact on the locker room could affect her long-term future in Atlanta, but according to Nusbaum, the team is still optimistic that relationships can be mended.
To date, Dream ownership has made no moves to trade Carter, their fourth overall draft pick in 2020. The Dream are operating without a general manager after Chris Sienko was fired in April, and interim coach Mike Petersen — who took over in preseason after Nicki Collen departed for Baylor — has said he does not intend on keeping the head coaching job.