After LSU’s NCAA Tournament victory over the Hawkeyes, Angel Reese gestured towards lowa standout Caitlin Clark. She has since defended herself.
When the Tigers finished off their 102-85 triumph, giving them their first NCAA women’s basketball title, Reese made the “You can’t see me” gesture towards her foe.
This gesture was made famous by the wrestler John Cena. She also indicated her finger as a symbol for the championship ring she will shortly wear.
“Clark is a hell of a player, but I don’t take disrespect lightly. She disrespected [LSU’s] Alexis Morris, and I wanted to pick her pocket. But I had a moment at the end of her game… “I was in my moment”Reese said after the game.
Reese received tremendous hatred on social media when former ESPN commentator Keith Olbermann called her an “idiot” for making the motion.
Several, however, pointed out that Reese, a black player, was only replicating a gesture Clark, a white player, had made previously in the competition.
Clark informed a rival during a game against Louisville: “You’re down by 15 points. “Shut up.” Her passion and swagger were frequently appreciated on social media.
“All year I was critiqued about who I was. I’m too hood, I’m too ghetto, y’all told me that all year,” she said. “When other people do it, y’all don’t say nothing … So this is for the girls that look like me. For those that want to speak up for what they believe in … It was bigger than me tonight. And Twitter is going to go into a rage every time.”After the game, Reese spoke to reporters and brought up the “double standard” issues.
While writing on Twitter, ESPN’s Holly Rowe defended both athletes against those who dislike Caitlin Clark or Angel Reese. Stop. Young women who are unapologetically confident should be praised, not vilified. Please take it in stride.
“I was just trying to get to the handshake line and shake hands and be grateful that my team was in that position. All the credit in the world to LSU. They were tremendous. They deserve it. They had a tremendous season.”Reese did not exhibit any unfavorable behavior, according to Clark. She said,
Reese and Clark had an excellent competition.
The Final Four went to Reese, who had a double-double in the championship game. Clark led all scorers with 30 points.
Throughout the competition, she produced two 40-point triple-double performances.
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