Diggins-Smith kept quiet about the pregnancy throughout the 2018 season, banking serious minutes and even making her fourth All-star appearance.
Despite her evident dedication to her team, the Indiana native has received significant backlash from individuals criticising her commitment after she sat out the entire 2019 season due to complications following the birth. Diggins-Smith revealed her struggle with postpartum depression and took to Twitter Friday to blast the WNBA for the disrespect shown to mothers and their rights.
Having no support from your own organization is unfortunate— Skylar Diggins-Smith (@SkyDigg4) October 18, 2019
People called me a quitter, said I gave up on my team, etc., etc.— Skylar Diggins-Smith (@SkyDigg4) October 19, 2019
Not knowing I took two FULL months away from everything because of postpartum depression. With limited resources to help me be successful mentally/physically.
But just wait though….KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY.
Wings’ GM Greg Bibb passed comment in August on the team’s support of Skylar:
“In terms of Skylar, that situation remains the same. It’s 100% up to Skylar. We’re going to support her and her timeline and when she says she’s ready to go, we’re going to welcome her back. Until she’s ready to go, she needs to focus on getting herself healthy and getting her family situated and feeling good about all of that.”
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Under the WNBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, players who become pregnant under contract will receive half of their salary and have medical expenses covered by insurance.
With the 29-year-old averaging 17.9 points and 6.2 assists in the 2018 season, and presented with unrestricted free agency come January it looks like the recent frustration might influence Diggins-Smith’s decisions going forward.