Los Angeles Sparks Fire GM For Using Racial Slur

On Friday, the Los Angeles Sparks General Manager Penny Toler was fired only a day after a report said she used the “N  -word” during an ill-advised attempt to pump up her team after a loss in the WNBA playoffs.

Toler’s firing ends a 20-year tenure in Los Angeles in which the Sparks won three WNBA titles and made the playoffs in all but two seasons. She was both the longest-tenured and winningest general manager in league history. Prior to her tenure as general manager, Toler played three seasons for the Sparks and holds the interesting distinction of scoring the first points in WNBA history.