On Saturday, Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark was part of an on-court incident where she was knocked to the ground quite hard by Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter. After the game was over, Clark said the foul was not a basketball play, while Carter declined to answer questions about the incident.

This led many to wonder why Carter refused to answer questions, which led to more of the narrative that players around the league are not fans of Clark. It has become a major talking point lately, with the guard receiving all kinds of criticism since her debut. Many believed that was the end of the matter until the next time the teams met, but Carter went even further.

She went to Threads and completely ripped Clark’s abilities.

“Besides three-point shooting, what does she bring to the table man?”

These comments from Carter disrespect Clark’s play and are further evidence that players in the WNBA are not happy with the coverage she has been receiving. Others have pushed back on this narrative, but moments like these paint a different picture. Since Clark was drafted by the Fever, the WNBA has seen a surge in popularity and the league has given teams private charter planes to use.

Carter also defended Sky forward Angel Reese, who has a mini-rivalry with Clark dating back to their days at university. Reese and Clark faced off in the NCAA Tournament two seasons in a row, with Reese’s LSU Tigers defeating Clark’s Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2023 National Championship game. Clark got revenge on Reese when the Hawkeyes defeated LSU in the Elite Eight last NCAA Tournament.

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 28: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever watches in the game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on May 28, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Clark’s skills…


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The signature moment that sparked the rivalry came when Reese hit Clark with the “You can’t see me” hand gesture near the end of the title game. This led to all kinds of controversies between the two players and several stories emerged.

Clark and the Fever had the last laugh during the game, with Indiana winning by one point. However, these additional comments from Carter won’t make this situation go away anytime soon. The WNBA has probably never seen this kind of rivalry and drama, so it’s good to see the league growing. However, Carter’s comments were disrespectful and actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to Clark’s treatment.