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Experts in Women’s Basketball Say Caitlin Clark Is Being “Targeted” by “Entitled” WNBA Players

 

Clark Getting Cheap Shot

Caitlin Clark is not only suffering through rookie initiation, she is also being targeted. 

ESPN reported earlier this week:

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma said that although WNBA rookies must go through “the growing pains of being a professional basketball player,” he thinks the Indiana Fever‘s Caitlin Clark has been “targeted” with physical play.

“Is she facing the rookie challenge, the rookie hardships that are inherent with being a rookie? Yes,” Auriemma told reporters in Connecticut before the UConn Coaches Road Show on Tuesday. “She’s also being targeted.”

Clark was shoulder-checked from behind by Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter before the ball was inbounded during Saturday’s game. Clark was knocked down in what was a non-basketball play and was initially ruled a common foul, but it was upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 by the WNBA upon review Sunday.

After the game, Carter refused to answer questions, which Auriemma called “junior high stuff.”

Auriemma also said high-profile players entering a professional sports league are likely to attract extra attention from opposing teams, but he thinks it’s more extreme with Clark, who was the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.

“I don’t remember when [Michael] Jordan came into the [NBA], guys looking to go out and beat him up,” Auriemma told reporters. “I don’t remember when [Larry] Bird and Magic [Johnson] came in the league and elevated the NBA, them getting targeted and getting beat up just because of who they were and the attention they were getting.

“Appreciate the fact that now’s the time [for the WNBA]. I get it. It’s long overdue. Why are you blaming that kid? It’s not her fault, because you would trade places with her in a minute, but you are not there. You’re not her. So, you’re [complaining] that she’s getting what she’s getting.”

This is not a surprise after watching Clark’s first 10 games with the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.

Here are some of the hits that Clark has taken.

This play by the WNBA team in Jersey was not called a foul.

This assault in another game was not called a penalty. The woman nearly knocked Clark’s head off.

This past weekend, Clark was assaulted again on the court.  This time during a game with the Chicago team in the WNBA.

Angel Reese celebrated the assault from the bench.

Chicago player Angel Reese gave Clark an elbow later in the game to no foul.

Former ESPN sportscaster Jason Whitlock shares the following about the WNBA’s welcome given to Clark:

This league is in a crisis because it is destroying the one person who finally brought some attention to the league. 

 

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