Outrage Erupts As Caitlin Clark Left Off US Olympic Team

The exclusion of Caitlin Clark, a rising star in the WNBA, from the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team has sparked significant controversy and backlash. Reports emerged on Saturday that the 22-year-old guard for the Indiana Fever will not be included in the 12-person roster set to compete in Paris this summer.

Clark, who gained fame for her extraordinary performances in college basketball, has faced numerous challenges since turning professional. Many speculate that her omission from the team is influenced by her race and sexuality. Jason Whitlock, host of “Fearless,” suggested on social media that Clark was snubbed due to pressure from activist groups. “The Mafia hates Cait. She refuses to publicly worship the Yas Queens and doesn’t scissor, so she sleeps with the fishes,” Whitlock posted on X.

The official reason provided is that Clark was unable to attend the national training camp in Cleveland because she was leading Iowa to the Final Four. However, this explanation has not satisfied many fans and commentators who believe her talent and popularity should have secured her a spot on the team.

In her place, the team includes Brittney Griner, who has been a polarizing figure. Griner, known for her National Anthem protests and anti-American comments, was imprisoned in Russia for drug charges in 2022. She was released in a high-profile prisoner swap orchestrated by President Joe Biden, trading her for a notorious Russian arms dealer.

This decision has been met with widespread criticism. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy expressed his dismay in a video rant, calling the decision “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” He emphasized that Clark’s presence would have made the Olympics must-watch TV, questioning the intelligence of those who made the decision.

The snub has reignited debates about the influence of activist groups within sports. Whitlock accused decision-makers of being influenced by the “BLM-LGBTQIA+Silent P Alphabet Mafia bigots,” suggesting that the same pressures leading to societal changes, like the creation of George Floyd statues and the federal recognition of Juneteenth, are affecting sports decisions.

HBO’s Bill Maher also commented before the snub was officially announced, noting, “It’s women are catty, the league is very lesbian and she’s not, and there’s race. There’s a lot going on.”

Clark’s exclusion is viewed by many as a significant loss for the U.S. team, which could greatly benefit from her skills and popularity. Her journey from college basketball savior to a professional player facing adversity highlights the complex dynamics within the WNBA and sports in general.

The backlash continues as fans and analysts question the motives behind leaving out one of the most promising talents in women’s basketball. The decision has not only disappointed many but also brought to light ongoing issues within sports administration and the broader cultural influences at play.