USA's small forward Angel Mccoughtry (L) works around Spain's guard Anna Cruz during a Women's Gold medal basketball match between USA and Spain at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Andrej ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
8:44 PM 02/13/2018
WNBA star Angel McCoughtry said she is done having to play in places like Russia in order to make a living and wants to get paid the same as professional men’s basketball players, according to TMZ Tuesday.
“Here’s some advice. Pay us like you pay the men,” the 31-year-old four-time WNBA All-Star explained when asked what advice she had for other players out there.
“I don’t want to get paid more overseas,” she added. “I want to get paid in my country.”
According to a 2017 report, the highest paid player in the professional women’s basketball league makes $100,000 a year for a base salary. In comparison, NBA star Steph Curry is making $36.4 million this season. Last year, he signed a 5-year, $201-million deal with the Golden State Warriors.
The WNBA all-star also was invited to play on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio where she helped bring home the gold. McCoughtry also took home the gold with the U.S. Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London.