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Caitlin Clark Fans Are Furious Over That Chennedy Carter Shoulder-Check Amid WNBA Criticism

Caitlin Clark Fans Are Furious Over That Chennedy Carter Shoulder-Check Amid WNBA Criticism

UPDATE—June 3, 2024: Upon further review, the WNBA has upgraded Chennedy Carter’s foul against Caitlin Clark to a flagrant-1 violation, though they didn’t assign any fines to the Chicago Sky player.

Chicago rookie Angel Reese, however, ended up with a $1,000 fine for “failing to make herself available” to the press during the post-game press conference, with Chicago Sky getting hit with a $5,000 fine for not ensuring her presence. Chennedy Carter did participate in the press conference, though she declined to answer any questions about the move against Clark.

“Physical play, intensity, and competitive spirit are hallmarks of Chicago Sky basketball. Chennedy got caught up in the heat of the moment in an effort to win the game,” Chicago Sky coach Teresa Weatherspoon said in a statement on June 3. “She and I have discussed what happened and that it was not appropriate, nor is it what we do or who we are. Chennedy understands that there are better ways to handle situations on the court, and she will learn from this, as we all will.”

She concluded, “As a team, we will grow together and continue to work hard to display strong leadership and set a positive example for our competitors, fans, and partners.”

Despite Weatherspoon’s statement, Carter appears to be enjoying the controversy on social media. On June 2, she went after Clark’s skills on Instagram Threads, writing, “& that’s that on that cause beside three point shooting what does she bring to the table man.”

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Carter has a history of controversy in the WNBA. Per ESPN, she was suspended by Atlanta Dream midway through the 2021 season for “conduct detrimental to the team” and eventually traded to the Los Angeles Sparks. According to The Los Angeles Times, Carter was waived from the team in 2023 after being benched for poor conduct. She took a year off from the WNBA before joining the Chicago Sky’s roster.

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