Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark grabbed massive attention after the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, not just with their playing skill but also their feud.
The two basketball star players – Angel Reese of LSU and Caitlin Clark of Iowa – showcased their explosive performance in March Madness.
On Sunday, LSU Tigers proved how deserving the team was of the title by defeating Iowa, 102-82.
In addition to that, the two talented basketball seem to have developed a tense relationship on Sunday (2 April).
Here is everything to know about Angel Reese And Caitlin Clark Beef.
Controversy: Angel Reese And Caitlin Clark Beef: What Happened Between Them?
Reese was shown on the broadcast using Clark’s own taunting against her during the game’s closing seconds.
The action received harsh online criticism. On Sunday, while looking at Clark, Reese used the same move that Clark used during Iowa’s Elite Eight win over LSU.
Following Reese’s taunt, the word “classless” quickly became trending on Twitter, with many social media platform users changing their opinions about the LSU star.
The disparity in responses to Reese and Clark’s remarks highlighted the sports’ persistent racial double standards that the sports continue to be plagued by, especially when online haters are involved.
Keith Olbermann, a sports pundit, was particularly critical of Reese’s insults at Clark, even though Clark had acted similarly in previous games.
Angel Reese And Caitlin Clark Beef: Who Started It First?
Clark received praise for appearing to taunt her competitors on the court at various points throughout the competition.
“Caitlin Clark: The Queen of Clap Backs,” a segment on ESPN that aired on Friday, emphasized the Iowa star’s use of offensive talk, including her remark to a Louisville player in an earlier round of the tournament that “You’re down 15 points, shut up.”
Reese received severe criticism for acting the same way toward Clark on Sunday, in contrast to how the media and Twitter users responded to Clark’s remarks.
Even though Clark started the “disrespectful” trash talk, several sports reporters targeted Reese for her comments.
What Did Angel Reese And Caitlin Clark Said About One Another?
Both basketballers talked about each other during their post-game press conferences.
When asked about the taunts from her opponent, Clark said she had no idea as she was just trying to get the handshake line and shake hands and be grateful that her team was in that position.
She added, “all you can do is keep a high head and be proud of your accomplishments.”
Likewise, Angel Reese said that Clark, whom she referred to as “a hell of a player,” had “disrespected” her teammate Alexis Morris during the championship game and that she doesn’t “take disrespect lightly.”
The LSU star stated, “I was critiqued about who I was all year. I don’t match the story. You all want to put me in a box, but I don’t belong there. I’m too ghetto, too hood. All year, you kept telling me that. But none of you speak up when other people do it.”
Reese concluded her post-game remarks by saying, “So this is for the girls that resemble me and want to express their beliefs. It is unapologetically you. Tonight, it was bigger than I was. I’m happy. I believe I positively impacted the development of women’s basketball.”