NO DISCRIMINATION: BTC chief refutes suggestions company dropped WNBA star Jonquel Jones over LGBTQ+ identity

NO DISCRIMINATION: BTC chief refutes suggestions company dropped WNBA star Jonquel Jones over LGBTQ+ identity
Connecticut Sun's Jonquel Jones shoots a free throw. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — BTC CEO Andre Foster has refuted suggestions that the telecommunications provider did not renew its endorsement of Bahamian WNBA star Jonquel Jones because she openly identifies as a lesbian.

The West End-born reigning MVP opened up about her career and personal journey in a cover story for cover photo for Jonquel Jones (Bronson Farr for ESPN)

In the article, Jones described material consequences that have followed her decision to “embrace her identity as a lesbian and dress more authentically”, pointing out that BTC did not renew her contract. 

Jones has been repeatedly honored for her career advancements, winning the Most Improved Player award in 2017 and the Sixth Woman of the Year award in 2018.

“The only difference is that I’m openly out and dressing differently,” Jones said in the article.

In response to inquiries from Eyewitness News, Foster said the company has “proudly supported the dreams of countless budding athletes through its dedicated sponsorship and commitment to youth empowerment and nation-building”. 

Andre Foster.

“BTC has also provided endorsement contracts for a number of top professional athletes including the Golden Girls, Golden Knights, Shaunae Miller, Jonquel Jones and Tonique Williams-Darling,” he continued. 

“BTC currently has an endorsement contract with Olympian, Steven Gardiner.

“All endorsement contracts are executed for a specific period of time.”

Foster added: “BTC has a strong culture supporting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

“As a company, we do not discriminate against the LGBTQIA+ community in any form or manner.

About Ava Turnquest

Ava Turnquest is the head of the Digital Department at Eyewitness News. Her most notable beat coverage spans but is not limited to politics, immigration and human rights, with a focus especially on minority groups. In 2018, she was nominated by the Bahamas Press Club for “The Eric Wilmott Award for Investigative Journalism”. Ava is deeply motivated by her passion about the role of fourth estate, and uses her pen to inform, educate and sensitize the public.


BTC stinks but they have Speedy Stevie Gardiner who is openly gay so they are not discriminating. She clearly wants attention.

To be honest I really don’t think this situation has anything to do with BTC, it’s just a way to spread false propaganda to advance the LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈

Think every family is touch by this but not everyone agrees with it. If that’s the life style you choose then live your truth and don’t try to tarnish or spread false information on someone who have already contributed to your growth.

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