On their first road trip after the Caitlin Clark incident, Chicago Sky players are harassed at the team hotel.

Since Indiana Fever guard and fan favorite Caitlin Clark was struck by Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter, the conversation around the WNBA has taken a very negative turn on the internet.

On their first road trip after the Caitlin Clark incident, Chicago Sky players are harassed at the team hotel.
      On their first road trip after the Caitlin Clark incident, Chicago Sky players are harassed at the team hotel.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any de-escalation. Instead, before of tomorrow’s game against the Washington Mystics, players from the Chicago Sky are claiming that they were harassed at their team hotel in the D.C. region.

For every Chicago Sky player, that had to have been a terrifying scene. Whatever one’s thoughts on the clumsy shot guard Chennedy Carter delivered to Clark on Saturday, this is just not acceptable.

It doesn’t help that race is now at the core of the problem, making it politically charged. Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) demanded that Cathy Engelbert, the WNBA commissioner, take action over Caitlin Clark’s “targeting” in a letter he sent on Wednesday.

It’s obvious that everything is getting out of control. Let these women play basketball once more, and everyone needs to take a deep breath. In other words, we would not be creating a national dialogue like this on a harsh foul in the men’s game. To be sure, Caitlin Clark is not the only rookie in sports history to be the subject of violent play, even though the foul was obviously out of line and disgusting.

It will be difficult for the Sky to get over this, though, given that Angel Reese, Clark’s college nemesis from when Reese was at LSU and Clark was at Iowa, was spotted applauding for the hit at the time. In the end, Reese and Clark are the two lightning rods for the regrettable conversation that is currently occurring.

I hope that every player in the league is safe and that individuals who feel compelled to make trouble for other players at team hotels determine that this isn’t the best use of their time.

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