What You Need To Know!
- Angel Reese of LSU women’s basketball team taunted Iowa’s Caitlin Clark during their national championship victory
- Social media was divided over Reese’s actions, with some finding it disrespectful and others supporting it
- ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes hate towards Reese’s actions is driven by race, as Clark had also done a similar taunt previously without backlash
LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese has come under fire for her taunting of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark during the Tigers’ national championship victory on Sunday. Reese did the infamous John Cena “You can’t see me” move by waving her hand across her face, while also pointing at her ring finger to boast the win.
Social media has been divided over her actions, with some criticizing her for being disrespectful and others supporting her for standing up to Clark’s previous taunts towards South Carolina in the national semifinal. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes that the hate towards Reese’s actions is driven by race, as Clark had also done a similar taunt previously without backlash.
Notable figures in the basketball world have taken sides on the issue. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy called Reese a “classless piece of s—” on Twitter, while Keith Olberman called Reese a ‘f—ing idiot’ for the taunt but later apologized for that comment.
LeBron James, however, defended Reese, saying “love to see it.” Reese herself was aware of the backlash and addressed it in her post-game presser, stating that she did it for girls who look like her and are unapologetically themselves.
Reese was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player following her 15-point, 10-rebound national championship, which was the first in LSU history.
Clark, who was seen as the Steph Curry of women’s basketball by Smith, had a very bright future in the game, according to him.