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Was Angel Reese’s flagrant foul on Caitlin Clark ‘simply a part of basketball’?

The Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever had their second showdown of the WNBA season on Sunday, giving former college rivals Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark another chance to battle it out. During the matchup, Reese was called for a flagrant foul after a hard hit on Clark while trying to block her shot at the

Was Angel Reese’s flagrant foul on Caitlin Clark ‘simply a part of basketball’?

The Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever had their second showdown of the WNBA season on Sunday, giving former school rivals Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark one other probability to battle it out.

Through the matchup, Reese was known as for a flagrant foul after a tough hit on Clark whereas making an attempt to dam her shot on the rim. Reese missed the ball utterly and as an alternative linked with Clark’s head.

The decision was initially only a widespread foul, however after a video evaluate, the officers upgraded it to a Flagant 1.

Following the Fever’s 91-83 win, each Reese and Clark addressed the hit. Reese known as it “a basketball play,” and Clark echoing her feedback, saying, “It is simply a part of basketball.”

However each gamers knew the foul was going to spark dialog, with Reese saying: “I am at all times going for the ball. However y’all going to play that clip 20 instances earlier than Monday.”

And that is precisely what occurred. 

The clip went viral on social media, with some even calling for the suspension of the Sky ahead, saying her hit was intentional.

Was Angel Reese’s flagrant foul on Caitlin Clark a ‘basketball play?’

On Monday’s episode of “Speak,” co-host Emmanuel Acho began off with a message to these looking for the suspension.

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“First let me make clear one thing: Angel Reese shouldn’t be suspended for that foul. Let me dispute that wild notion that has been circulating on social media,” Acho mentioned.

The Sky have simply two flagrant fouls this season, and each had been known as after hits on Clark. The primary was given to protect Chennedy Carter of their June 1 loss to the Fever, after she delivered an affordable shot to Clark throughout an inbound play. The second was the hit by Reese.

Whereas the previous LSU star has mentioned up to now that she and the previous Iowa star don’t hate each other, Acho thinks Reese’s current actions are talking louder than her phrases.

“Angel’s actions are beginning to converse so loud, we cannot hear what’s being mentioned,” Acho acknowledged after referencing Reese cheering after the primary flagrant hit on Clark and feedback on social media about taking up the “unhealthy man” position.

Whereas “The Herd” host Colin Cowherd does consider Clark is experiencing a type of “hazing,” he did agree with Reese and Clark that tough fouls are simply part of the sport. 

Cowher: Reese’s foul on Clark is ‘nothing to be outraged about’

“It is a flagrant foul, she received up and performed,” Cowherd mentioned.

“It is a part of basketball … each trade has received somewhat ugly aspect … somewhat tribal aspect. That is it in basketball.”

Whereas fouls are part of the sport, Cowherd believes the “outrage” that has surrounded the WNBA this season, primarily in relation to Clark, is a bit overblown.

“The ladies are determining how you can deal with it. It is the individuals who parachute into this sport that by no means watched it that do not perceive the chippiness that you simply get within the WNBA,” Cowherd mentioned.

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The Sky and Fever have another common season faceoff scheduled on June 23 at 3 p.m. ET.

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