The Iowa Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark was on the receiving end of harsh and mean comments from the LSU Tigers players after her team lost the NCAA championship on Sunday.
After becoming a national champion, the Tigers’ Angel Reese came into the spotlight for her aggressive gesture towards Caitlin. She pulled a ‘you can’t see me’ gesture in the face of the Hawkeyes point guard and later demanded respect from her for the champion team.
However, the star didn’t seem to get agitated or moved by that; rather, she took the high road by defending the angel.
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What did Caitlin Clark say about Angel Reese’s comment?
In a recent interview on ESPN, the 21-year-old expressed her feelings after hearing those insinuations from her counterpart. “I don’t think Angel should be criticized at all. No matter which way it goes, she should never be criticized for what she did. I’m just one that competes, and she competed,” she said.
"I don't think Angel should be criticized at all."
— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2023
“I think everybody knew there was gonna be a little trash talk all tournament, it’s not just me and Angel. I don’t think she should be criticized,” the Naismith College Player of the Year added. “Like I said. LSU deserves it, they played so well. And, like I said, I’m a big fan of hers.”
Moreover, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year was known for her trash-talking tendency on the court, which gives his scoring ability an edge. Prior to the final game, she wreaked literal havoc against the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Louisville Cardinals. After her amazing display of performance, the first lady invited the Hawkeyes and the Champions to the White House.
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What did Clark say regarding the White House invitation?
Clark was overwhelmed at the grand gesture from the US first lady, but she politely declined the opportunity out the respect for the Tigers team. “I don’t think runner-ups usually go to the White House—I think LSU should enjoy that moment for them,” she said.
“Congratulations, obviously, they deserve to go there. Maybe I can go to the White House on different terms,” the USBWA National Player of the Year added.
"I don't think runner-ups usually go to the White House. I think LSU should enjoy that moment for them."
— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2023
Furthermore, after her generous take on the recent tantrum by the champion team, she should be appreciated and cheered. She could counter the jeers and criticism in her own familiar way, but the sports fan will surely admire this new attitude that clearly indicates professionalism.
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