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Aces star A’ja Wilson is fuming at a league investigation into the team’s bonuses after a tourism board in

Las Vegas ‘sponsored’ each player with $100,000.

Last week, the Aces sparked public outrage following the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors’ six-figure endowment to all 12 playing members on the city’s pro women’s basketball team although it was later clarified that the sponsorship did not violate the WNBA’s salary cap because the Las Vegas authority did not orchestrate it with the club.

But other teams likely were raising questions about the fairness of the sponsorship and whether it violates the spirit of the cap rules due to the possibility that public funds, a.k.a local taxpayers money, were used.

‘Just another day in the life of the Aces. We can’t just ever start normal,’ Wilson – the Aces’ highest-scoring player last season – bemoaned.

‘There’s always going to be something and that’s OK. When we’re talking about growing the game or taking the next step it can’t always be investigated. It has to be like we’re trying to make things better for franchises, for players for teams.’

Aces power forward A'ja Wilson is lamenting the WNBA's ongoing investigation into the team

Aces power forward A’ja Wilson is lamenting the WNBA’s ongoing investigation into the team

She begged to ask critics of the sponsorship deal on X: 'what happened to growing the game?'

She begged to ask critics of the sponsorship deal on X: ‘what happened to growing the game?’

Aces head coach Becky Hammon added: ‘Most of sponsorship people go after the top two people. This situation from what I understand is, they wanted the whole team. They called individual agents. I don’t know the details. I have nothing to do with it. The Aces don’t have anything to do with it. That’s what happened.’

This isn’t the Aces first run-in with the league over the last few years. Last year, the WNBA suspended Hammon for two games and took away the Aces’ 2025 first-round draft pick because the franchise violated league rules regarding impermissible player benefits and workplace policies.

Steve Hill – CEO and the head of the authority – feels the local government agency did nothing wrong.

‘We did this the right way,’ he told The Associated Press on Saturday. ‘We did something that we think works for Las Vegas and I think great for the players. We did this without the team. It was our idea and any questions they ask they´ll find that out.’

The authority posted a video on X of Hill telling the players in the locker room the news on Friday.

‘We have 100 influencers we pay to represent Las Vegas,’ Hill told the AP. ‘This isn’t any different then that. All of these ladies are completely eligible to have sponsorships. We are just asking them to represent Vegas.’

The players were thrilled by the move.

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority is a government agency backed by public funds

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority is a government agency backed by public funds

‘The city of Vegas I’ve always said, it’s a big small town and they just want the best for the people here,’ point guard Chelsea Gray said before the Aces’ home game Saturday against the Los Angeles Sparks. ‘They’re investing in us and so they put their money where their mouth is. We’ve done so much for the city and having fun doing it.

‘It was a great moment for me and my teammates, of somebody actually putting funds behind, saying that they’re supporting and they want to have our back.’

According to the website Spotrac, which tracks player salaries, the sponsorship is higher than the earnings of six Aces players.

‘Definitely more than my salary,’ said rookie Kate Martin, who makes $67,249, according to the website. ‘I’m super thankful. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming, but this is very much real life and that is what all these players deserve. I wouldn’t be getting this crazy bonus if it weren’t for how great all of these players have played in the last few years.’

The $100k also is a big addition even to what the top players make. A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum are the highest-paid Aces at $200,000 each and Gray is right behind at $196,267.

‘(For) the LVCVA to see our value and to help close that pay gap, it says a lot about the character of the people that are there,’ said Alysha Clark, whose salary is listed at $110,000.

‘So I’m extremely grateful. I’m honored to be able to represent this organization and this city and be able to put on for the city, give back to this city and pour into the community, and that’s what they did for us. It was really, really special.’