Iowa Women’s Basketball Star Caitlin Clark Defends LSU Star Angel Reese Over National Championship Game ‘Trash Talk,’ Says ‘I Don’t Think She Should Be Criticized’

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It looks like Iowa women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark is standing up for LSU rival Angel Reese amid internet backlash over Reese’s on-court etiquette. 

After winning the NCAA’s Women’s Basketball Championship title game Sunday the LSU star was criticized for her behavior on the court. Twitter dragged Reese for apparently displaying

“poor sportsmanship”

after she enacted John Cena’s famous

“you can’t see me”

gesture toward her opponent Caitlin Clark. 

Sports columnist Jose Ortiz, even called the moment


“This is classless. Angel Reese is only 20, so she’s still young, but taunting Caitlin Clark like this shows a pure lack of class. Win with class, lose with class, play with class,”

he wrote on Twitter. However, many came to Reese’s defense pointing out similar actions done by Caitlin Clark.

“So was it classless when Caitlin Clark did it??,”

former linebacker turned sports analyst, Emmanuel Acho said replying to Ortiz’s comments. 

Now Caitlin Clark has stepped into the conversation defending her opponent’s competitive spirit.

“I don’t think Angel should be criticized at all…I’m just one that competes and she competed….I think everybody knew that there was going to be a little trash talk in the entire tournament it’s not just me and Angel, so I don’t think she should be criticized…I’m a big fan of hers,”

she said in an interview. 

Reese also responded to the backlash stating in an after-game press conference,

“Be unapologetically you.” 

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