When LSU’s Angel Reese let Iowa’s Cailtin Clark know that she was incapable of optically perceiving her, it kicked up a firestorm with many, who happened to be of a lighter persuasion, took umbrage to Reese’s action. Keith Olbermann, one of these liberals who are supposed to be friends of black people took to twitter, calling Reese a “fucking idiot.” ( Olbermann has since offered an apology that was spurred more from the backlash he received, rather than authentic contrition.)
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy ( this is who you are rolling with Coac Prime?) could not resist this moment as a to spew anti-black sentiment Portnoy, who have previously used the n-word on video and then unabashedly stood on his use of the word, referred to Reese as a “ classless POS”.
In a video Portnoy said this:
I think you’re basically lying if you’re saying what Caitlin Clark did and Angel Reese did are the same thing — they’re not,” Portnoy said.
“I like trash talking. If you hit a big shot in the moment or you’re talking s–t in the moment, back and forth… I don’t care. That is not what Angel Reese did.”
Portnoy’s contention was that Reese’s sction was worse because she “followed” Clark to taunt her after the game had concluded.
“Find me one example in any sport, of anybody, after somebody wins a championship, confetti coming down, not in a close game — and find me a player stalking the best player on the other team,” Portnoy said.
“It is not sexist. It does not happen. If a man did that, he would be called ‘classless’ and nobody would be saying anything.”
Reactions like these were diametrically opposed to the fanfare that the gesture drew when it came from Caitlin Clark. Neither Olbermann, Portnoy or any members of the sports klanbase uttered one disparaging word about Clark or her actions; it was quite the opposite.
Even Cailtin Clark, for whom Reese’s smack was directed did not take excpetion, saying this during a recent appearance on ESPN’s Outside The Lines:
“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. I’m just one that competes, and she competed. I think everybody knew there was going to be a little trash talk. It’s not just me and Angel. I don’t think she should be criticized, like I said. LSU deserves it. They played so well. Like I said, I’m a big fan of hers.”
The anti-black words of Olbermann and Portnoy, while disgusting and moronic pale in comparison to the current high priestess of anti-black racism, er the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden. For over 150 years, championship winning teams have visited the White House as one of the spoils of victory, However,even in defeat, the perceived white team, Iowa must be rewarded too, because Monday she said she wanted both the champion LSU and the runner up Iowa should both visit the White House.
“I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do. So, we hope LSU will come,” Biden said speaking at the Colorado state capitol in Denver on Monday. “But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come, too, because they played such a good game.”
A spokesowmn for the First Lady moonwalked her cooments the next day saying, in a tweet, : “The First Lady loved watching the NCAA women’s basketball championship game alongside young student athletes and admires how far women have advanced in sports since the passing of Title IX.…Her comments in Colorado were intended to applaud the historic game and all women athletes. She looks forward to celebrating the LSU Tigers on their championship win at the White House.”
As with so many others instances in sports, and society as a whole, the dichotomy in the actions of Clark and Reese reveals still long held perceptions, prejudices and erroneous , anti-blackk biase.
This monologue by Shannon Sharpe, who I have on occasion vehemently disagreed with on many occassions, encapsulates this sentiment beutifully.