Angel Reese is receiving a lot of backlash since winning the NCAA women’s basketball title. The NCAA women’s basketball finals brought the top players at the collegiate level face-to-face, Reese and Caitlin Clark. Both of the players have been instrumental for their respective teams and battled it out in the finals. However, Reese and the Tigers emerged victorious after an enthralling final game between the two.
Clark was the show-stopper of the tournament and many were hoping for the Hawkeyes to take the win. However, the Tigers emerged on top, defeating the Hawkeyes, 102-85. As the game was about to be concluded, Reese taunted Clark with the “You Can’t see me” gesture. However, Reese has been torched for her taunts at Clark. Nevertheless, Clark has defended Reese after the criticism she faced for her taunts.
“I don’t think Angel should be criticized at all.”
— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2023
“I don’t think Angel should be criticized at all,” Clark said. “No matter which way it goes, she should never be criticized for what she did… LSU deserves that they played so well, and like I said I’m a big fan of hers,” Clark added during an interview with ESPN. Clark and Reese have played against each other and have stayed competitive throughout their meetings. Regardless of the criticism Reese is facing, Clark has jumped to Reese’s defense in the interview with ESPN.
Angel Reese clears the air surrounding “beef” with Caitlin Clark
Reese has cleared the air after speaking about her relationship with Clark on the basketball court. “I appreciate Caitlin, I mean me and her have competed for a long time now, and me and her have never had beef, we’ve always been super competitive every time we play against each other,” Reese said. “Man, people don’t realize, me and her have never had beef,” Reese concluded about her relationship with Clark.
Clark jumping in to defend Reese shows great character from her and mutual respect between the two. Even when the First Lady, Jill Biden proposed to invite the Hawkeyes to the White House, Clark refused. “I don’t know. I don’t think runner-ups usually go to the White House. LSU should enjoy that moment for them… maybe I can go to the White House on different terms though.” Clark said.
Regardless of the criticism the fans are throwing toward Reese on social media, they have no beef between them. Both players have officially spoken about it in their interview with ESPN. They believe it to be a part of the game and have nothing but respect for each other for who they are.