Los Angeles Sparks general manager Penny Toler has been fired only a day after a report emerged that she used the n-word during an ill-advised attempt to pump up her team after a loss in the WNBA playoffs, the team announced Friday.

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Following the Sparks’ humiliating 94-68 loss in Game 2 of a series they would later lost to the Connecticut Sun, Toler reportedly spoke to players in the locker room and used “racial epithets” in a speech meant to motivate them while down 2-0 to the Sun.

She later confirmed to ESPN she used the N-word, but in a context that wasn’t directed at her players.

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