About two dozen WNBA players are spending their offseason playing in a league in Turkey.
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“The attack at Reina [nightclub] in Istanbul was tragic and we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims and their families,” WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders said in a statement. “The WNBA was in contact with our players in the region after the incident; we are thankful each one of them is safe and accounted for.”
The league recently partnered with LiveSafe, a safety communications platform, to provide a cellphone security app to about 60 players who are in Russia, Turkey, China and other countries this offseason.
On Saturday, an assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire in Reina, killing at least 39 and wounding 69 others in what has been described as a terrorist attack. The assailant is still at large.