Caitlin Clark suffers a blow to her career for one reason that will have your blood boiling

Women’s basketball has been begging for a star to bring in more viewership.

That star is Caitlin Clark but she’s being met with heavy resistance.

And Clark just suffered this major setback for one infuriating reason.

For years, WNBA players and fans have been demanding higher salaries and more notoriety for the women’s game.

Enter Caitlin Clark

During her four-year career at Iowa, Clark set the all-time NCAA record for points but also drew attention for style of play.

Clark is the first female player to consistently hit deep three-pointers—known as “logo threes”—with ease, reminiscent of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.

For example, Clark exacted revenge against LSU by burying one three-pointer after another in a 41-point explosion.

Clark was the number one overall pick in the WNBA draft; the television broadcast drew the highest ratings ever for the league.

But despite her college résumé and star power, Clark was left off the Team USA roster.

Clark is currently a rookie and not yet one of the 12 best players in the league, but the reason for her exclusion raised eyebrows.

Clark was reportedly left off the team because the selection committee feared backlash from her fans.

USA Today reporter Christine Brennan reported, “Two sources, both long-time U.S. basketball veterans with decades of experience in the women’s game, told me. . .that concern about how Clark’s millions of fans would react to what would likely be limited playing time on a stacked roster was a factor in the decision making.”

So a big reason for Clark getting left off the team is that her fans would be mad over a lack of playing time.

That is utterly preposterous.

Women’s Team USA has not lost a single game since 1992, and it has only lost three games total (two losses came in 1976).

Not only does Team USA win, it dominates.

The starters won’t be needed to play the whole game to secure the gold.

In the 2020 Olympics, Team USA won by an average score of 19.

Fans are savvy enough to understand that players are not going to get heavy minutes in an Olympic setting.

Brennan added, “If true, that would be an extraordinary admission of the existence of real tension that the old guard of women’s basketball harbors for this multi-million-dollar sensation. The two people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.”

Brennan is right on the money.

There is clearly resistance from the old guard to Clark’s star power.

Selection Committee Chair Jen Rizzotti responded to the backlash by saying, “It would be irresponsible for us to talk about her in a way other than how she would impact the play of the team. . .Because it wasn’t the purview of our committee to decide how many people would watch or how many people would root for the U.S. It was our purview to create the best team we could for Cheryl.”

Many commentators have pointed out that the leaders of women’s basketball missed a royal opportunity to grow the game.

The 1992 Dream Team included Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, two of the greatest basketball players of all time, but they were past their prime.

Johnson was retired and out of the league in light of his HIV announcement, and Bird’s back was shot; he played only half of the 1991-92 season.

Bird’s back was so bad, he often lay down on the sideline instead of sitting upright on the bench.

But the inclusion of Johnson and Bird was important for growing the game internationally.

It seems as though the leaders of women’s basketball are more interested in protecting their turf.

 

Clark is straight, white, and thus far apolitical, so she is an odd fit for the face of the league.

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