ALEXANDRIA, VA—As the Washington Mystics play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) final for the first time, an Alexandria sports bar faced backlash from a Washington Mystics player for not showing a game.
Mystics player Natasha Cloud took to social media after Glory Days Grill staff reportedly would not show game two of the WNBA final Sunday as NFL opening games were on. Her family had entered the bar and asked to turn on the Mystics vs. Seattle Storm game. She told The Washington Post a manager "laughed in their face."
According to The Post, Cloud he wrote in her Instagram story, "Denied my family the ability to watch my game broadcasted on @espn yesterday. Out of all 30 screens … 1 couldn’t be turned to women’s basketball because 'football' was on."
Glory Days Grill, which opened in August, reached out to Cloud with an apology.
@T_Cloud4 We are just seeing your posts (and your fans’ posts) this afternoon. Would you email me at email@example.com and let me know what happened? Our policy is to accommodate requests whenever we can, and I am so sorry that this was your experience!
— Glory Days Grill (@GloryDaysGrill) September 11, 2018
"Our policy is to accommodate all requests for games whenever possible, and we want to issue a public apology to Natasha Cloud, the Mystics, and all fans of women’s sports who feel that we let them down," Glory Days Grill spokesperson Charissa Bauhaus said in a statement to The Post. "We recognize and admire the work these women have put in to get where they are, and we are committed to celebrating them EVERY DAY (and not just during the Playoffs)."
The dispute prompted an invitation to Cloud's family from another Old Town Alexandria restaurant.
All ended well, however. Glory Days Grill is hosting a Mystics rally during game three Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. featuring giveaways, $10.99 ribs and face painting. The game begins at 8 p.m. Going into Wednesday's game, the Seattle Storm lead the series 2-0.
Appreciate you gene and I appreciate @GloryDaysGrill for working with me this evening to fix the issue. They are hosting a rally tomorrow night for us and that to me is a step in the right direction that we as your hometown team appreciate. The manager on the other hand https://t.co/nKlgttQpEb
— Natasha Cloud (@T_Cloud4) September 11, 2018
Image via Nick Wass/Associated Press