VBW basketball player Arka Gdynia was beaten. Michaela Cowling was attacked in the evening by an unknown man. The incident allegedly occurred at a Tri-City club, and from the club’s statement we learn that police quickly tracked down the perpetrator. The club stressed in a statement that “Mikaya was the victim of a brutal beating that was never supposed to happen.”
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Now the player has also decided to comment on the matter, whose official statement was published on the club’s social media sites.
Below is the full text of Michaela Cowling’s statement:
Last Wednesday, as I was entering the women’s restroom at a music club, I was attacked by the club’s security guard inside. Despite repeated assurances from me and others that I was where I was supposed to be, after I kept my place in line, he began to become extremely physically abusive.
It was the most extreme case of hatred I have ever witnessed.
I wanted to take this time to talk about how hate and targeted violence against Black women from the LGBTQ community still exists and should not be tolerated anywhere in the world, yet we are all aware of it.
However, I would like to thank my family and close friends for instilling and affirming the immunity I have built in myself over the years.
The love I’ve received over the past few days has been more significant than I could have ever imagined; Surely love trumps all hate.
I will stay in Poland and despite this abominable act, I intend to continue playing for the team I came here for. On my behalf, I would like to thank my agent, my teammates and the VBW Arka Gdynia club for their support and actions for justice.
This is my only statement and now I want to focus on my health and get back into the team.
With love, Michaela
Earlier, Agnieszka Bibrzycka revealed on our pages the details of the attack in which the American VBW basketball player Arki Gdynia was injured. Her team’s players prepared a surprise for Michaela Cowling with the club, which they showed before Sunday’s match. -I was very touched. I saw the photos in the club group, showed support and thanked her very much – revealed the team manager from Gdynia.
– Played in different countries. She came straight from New Zealand, where she played in the summer league. In her professional life, she had never encountered such behavior and such a threat to her life. The beating that followed could have ended tragically. These are hits to the head, club president Boguslaw Witkowski said in an interview with Przegląd Sportowy Onet.
source:Onet Sports Review
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