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Erik Stevenson on Angel Reese Mocking Caitlin Clark: ‘If I Did This I Might’ve Been Ejected from Some Big 12 Games’

Erik Stevenson and Bob Huggins.

LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese has the college basketball world chirping after she mocked star Iowa guard Caitlin Clark with the ‘you can’t see me’ hand gesture near the end of the Tigers’ 102-85 national championship game victory. And one former Big 12 men’s basketball player has the idea he probably would not have been able to perform the same act.

“If I did this I might’ve been ejected from some Big 12 games,” Stevenson tweeted, with some joking emojis.

Meanwhile, Reese defended the act in her postgame press conference.

“I’m happy,” Reese said. “I mean, all year I was critiqued about who I was. Nobody — I don’t — the narrative, I don’t fit the narrative. I don’t fit in a box that y’all want me to be in. I’m too hood. I’m too ghetto. Y’all told me that all year.

“But when other people do it, y’all say nothing. So this was for the girls that look like me, that’s going to speak up on what they believe in. It’s unapologetically you. That’s what I did it for tonight. It was bigger than me tonight. It was bigger than me.

“Twitter is going to go on a rage every time, and I’m happy. I feel like I’ve helped grow women’s basketball this year. I’m super happy and excited. So I’m looking forward to celebrating in the next season.”

 

As for Clark, she paid no mind to it.

“Honestly, I have no idea. I was just trying to get to the handshake line and shake hands and be grateful that my team was in that position,” said the Hawkeyes phenom. “That’s all you can do is hold your head high, be proud of what you did.

“All the credit in the world to LSU. They were tremendous. They deserve it. They had a tremendous season. Kim Mulkey coached them so, so well. She’s one of the best basketball coaches of all time, and it shows. She only said really kind things to me in the handshake line, so I’m very grateful to that, too.

“But honestly I have no idea. I was just trying to spend the last few moments on the court with especially the five people that I’ve started 93 games with and relishing every second of that.”

All that said, the events sure do have college basketball fans reacting in some way or another. And apparently, those who have played the game at the collegiate level are as well.

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