Reese’s Resentment: Sky Star’s Salty Swipe at Clark’s WNBA Superstardom

Angel Reese is basking in the Chicago Sky’s early season triumphs, and she’s not about to let anyone rain on her parade – not even the league’s brightest new star, Caitlin Clark.

After the Sky’s 90-81 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday, Reese took to social media to celebrate the win, but her jubilation was tinged with a hint of defiance. In a now-deleted tweet, she proclaimed, “and that’s on getting a WIN in a packed area not just cause of one player on our charter flight. #SKYTOWN.”

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Angel Reese is basking in the Chicago Sky's early season triumphs, and she's not about to let anyone rain on her parade – not even the league's brightest new star, Caitlin Clark.
After the Sky's 90-81 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday, Reese took to social media to celebrate the win, but her jubilation was tinged with a hint of defiance. In a now-deleted tweet, she proclaimed, "and that's on getting a WIN in a packed area not just cause of one player on our charter flight. #SKYTOWN."
The jab, while seemingly innocuous, carried an unmistakable subtext – a not-so-subtle dig at the relentless hype surrounding Clark and her impact on the league's newfound popularity.
Reese's comment could also be interpreted as a retort to Charles Barkley's recent criticism of those who have taken aim at Clark's meteoric rise. The NBA legend had chastised WNBA players and pundits for their perceived "pettiness" toward Clark, echoing a sentiment shared by LeBron James.
With Clark's star power drawing record viewership for the WNBA, the league has responded by funding charter flights for all teams over the next two years – a $25 million investment, according to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. However, the rollout has been slow, with only Clark's team, the Indiana Fever, and the Minnesota Lynx having benefited from the new travel arrangements thus far.
This discrepancy has not gone unnoticed by players like Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve, who questioned the league's promotion of Fever games, and Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson, who argued that black players aren't afforded the same platform as Clark due to their skin color.
While Clark's draft night drew an impressive 2.5 million viewers, and her presence has undoubtedly boosted interest in the league, the bitter reactions from some of her peers have raised concerns about a potential divide within the WNBA.
Reese's comments, though perhaps unintentional, only serve to fuel this narrative, casting her as the latest figure to seemingly mock Clark rather than embrace the rising tide she represents.
One commenter on X (formerly Twitter) replied to Reese's post, "Be sure to thank that one player that got y'all that charter flight to [sic]," highlighting the irony of her stance.
In a twist of fate, Reese's words may have inadvertently added to Clark's allure, heightening anticipation for the inevitable showdowns between the two players.
Reese finished the win against New York with a solid stat line of 13 points and nine rebounds, while Clark's Indiana Fever team sits at 0-5 after facing a challenging early schedule against opponents like the Liberty and Connecticut Sun.
As the WNBA season continues to unfold, the interplay between Clark's meteoric ascent and the reactions of her peers will undoubtedly be a storyline to watch, with Reese's latest remarks serving as a potent reminder of the complex dynamics at play.

The jab, while seemingly innocuous, carried an unmistakable subtext – a not-so-subtle dig at the relentless hype surrounding Clark and her impact on the league’s newfound popularity.

Reese’s comment could also be interpreted as a retort to Charles Barkley’s recent criticism of those who have taken aim at Clark’s meteoric rise. The NBA legend had chastised WNBA players and pundits for their perceived “pettiness” toward Clark, echoing a sentiment shared by LeBron James.

With Clark’s star power drawing record viewership for the WNBA, the league has responded by funding charter flights for all teams over the next two years – a $25 million investment, according to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. However, the rollout has been slow, with only Clark’s team, the Indiana Fever, and the Minnesota Lynx having benefited from the new travel arrangements thus far.

This discrepancy has not gone unnoticed by players like Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve, who questioned the league’s promotion of Fever games, and Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson, who argued that black players aren’t afforded the same platform as Clark due to their skin color.

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While Clark’s draft night drew an impressive 2.5 million viewers, and her presence has undoubtedly boosted interest in the league, the bitter reactions from some of her peers have raised concerns about a potential divide within the WNBA.

Reese’s comments, though perhaps unintentional, only serve to fuel this narrative, casting her as the latest figure to seemingly mock Clark rather than embrace the rising tide she represents.

One commenter on X (formerly Twitter) replied to Reese’s post, “Be sure to thank that one player that got y’all that charter flight to [sic],” highlighting the irony of her stance.

In a twist of fate, Reese’s words may have inadvertently added to Clark’s allure, heightening anticipation for the inevitable showdowns between the two players.

Reese finished the win against New York with a solid stat line of 13 points and nine rebounds, while Clark’s Indiana Fever team sits at 0-5 after facing a challenging early schedule against opponents like the Liberty and Connecticut Sun.

As the WNBA season continues to unfold, the interplay between Clark’s meteoric ascent and the reactions of her peers will undoubtedly be a storyline to watch, with Reese’s latest remarks serving as a potent reminder of the complex dynamics at play.

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