The LSU women’s basketball team lived a dream last month when they won the national championship over Iowa.
However, with the championship much controversy arose with Angel Reese’s celebrations towards the end of the final game.
Reese, now infamous, signaled that she was to receive a championship ring and, like Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, performed John Cena’s «You Can’t See Me» celebration.
Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports called Reese a «classless piece of shit», among other negative connotations amid his greatest athletic achievement and one of the biggest milestones of his entire life.
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«It was frustrating,» Reese said in «The Jennifer Hudson Show» earlier this week.
However, despite the backlash it received, there has been an extremely bright light at the end of the tunnel.
«To see how we’ve grown women’s basketball in a couple of weeks, 9.9 million people watched the game. That’s more than the men. I know we’ll go down in the history books one day, so it’s bigger than me,» he said. continued.
However, Reese admitted that it would have been nice if more people celebrated the Tigers’ accomplishments instead of enjoying the controversy surrounding her and Clark.
«I’m so happy that we won the championship. I wish there was more talk about it. As much as they talked about Caitlin’s situation, I wanted to talk about the national championship, because we worked just as hard. We put a lot of sweat and tears into that championship. and people don’t realize that. It’s not easy to win a championship. So to be able to do that, it’s the best of both worlds. I’m happy that the situation happened, but at the same time I’m a national champion, and I’m going to get a ring.»
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Reese’s teammates echoed her sentiments.
«He just grew the game, and I was happy to be a part of it and be a national champion at the same time. You can’t complain too much after that,» added Flau’Jae Johnson.
Reese then added that she and Clark don’t have «beef» and that «people don’t realize» that «they’re cool», saying that any feud between them had been blown out of proportion.
Clark herself said that Reese should not have been criticized.
«You should be able to play with that emotion. That’s what makes it so much fun,» Clark said last month. «Nobody wants to tune in and not see people being competitive and passionate about what they’re doing in any sport. That’s how it should be…
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«I don’t think Angel should be criticized at all,» Clark also said. «No matter how it goes, she should never be criticized for what she did. I’m just one who competes, and she competed. It was a super, super fun game. I think that’s what will attract more people to our game.»