WNBA basketball-star Elena Delle Donne now faces a dilemma, said a BBC report.
The WNBA management gave her a choice of whether to “risk her life” or lose her wages.
This is after the management denied her the opportunity to opt-out this upcoming season.
Delle Donne wrote an open letter for the Players Tribute:
“I’m now left with two choices: I can either risk my life or forfeit my paycheck.
“Honestly? That hurts.
“I don’t have NBA player money. I don’t have the desire to go to war with the league on this.”
The worst part is: that’s the only two options in the table for her.
Why is opting out important to her?
Delle Donne is suffering from a medical condition, that is the reason she wishes to opt-out this season.
The 30-year-old said she suffers from chronic Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is not included in the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of underlying conditions.
Although, someone with this disease can easily contract coronavirus.
Delle Donne claimed she is at a high risk of contracting the virus.
Even if she is WNBA’s most valuable player last season, that did not prevent her request to be denied three-times over.
She applied to the league under the WNBA player medical evaluation protocol.
However, a panel of three doctors denied her request.
“And I can’t appeal,” she said.
Her team–Washington Mystics—won the season finals but still, she had no clout.
She added: “The decision hurts a lot.”
64 pills a day
Delle Donne, in her article in the Player Tribune, confessed she is taking 64 pills a day.
“I take 64 pills a day.
“Sixty-four pills: That’s 25 before breakfast, another 20 after breakfast, another 10 before dinner, and another 9 before bed.”
Moreover, the WNBA player explained that is the only way to feel normal and function like anyone else.