Basketball star Angel Reese, center of controversy calls Jill Biden invite to White House ‘A JOKE’

LSU Tigers star women’s basketball player Angel Reese mocked first lady Jill Biden’s lame call for both winners and losers of Sunday’s NCAA Tournament to visit the White House following LSU thumping the Iowa Hawkeyes and Reese making headlines for taunts made during the game.

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Reese mimicked a taunt that Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark did against Louisville earlier in the tournament. The backlash for Reese’s mimicking was brutal, with Barstool’s Dave Portnoy calling her a “classless piece of sh*t” and commentator Keith Olbermann also calling her a “f***ing idiot” before he apologized the next day.

As the clock was winding down, Reese waved the “you can’t see me” hand gesture at Clark that was popularized by WWE star John Cena. Then, while still looking at Clark, she pointed to her ring finger. That gesture was a way to boast that they will soon have a championship ring.

Reese is in the headlines again… this time for dissing Jill Biden after she invited both teams to the White House.

“I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do,” Biden, who attended the game at American Airlines Center in Dallas, said in Denver on Monday according to ESPN. “So, we hope LSU will come. But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come, too, because they played such a good game.”

“A JOKE,” Reese responded on Twitter.

Usually, only the winners of a game are invited to the White House. But the first lady evidently wants to change that.

“It was so exciting, wasn’t it?” she said on ESPN. “It was such a great game. I’m old enough that I remember when we got Title IX. We fought so hard, right? We fought so hard. And look at where women’s sports have come today.”

Of course, racism was brought into the mix by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who believes that Reese mimicking Clark became an issue because she’s a black woman. He pointed out that Clark did it first.

“Here’s the reality of the situation: [Clark] instigated this kind of stuff,” Smith asserted on “First Take” Monday. “Let’s call it what it is. She was waving, she was doing the [John] Cena. How about what she did to Raven Johnson? She didn’t just go into the lane and not guard her against South Carolina in the national semifinal. She waved her off, she didn’t mind being disrespectful. So, why is it that we’re hesitant to bring that up?”

“We all know that there’s a white-black issue here because the fact of the matter is when Caitlin did it, people were celebrating it, and they were talking about nothing but her greatness. But then the second a sister steps up and threw it back in her face, now you got half the basketball world saying, ‘You know what? That’s not the classiest thing to do. That’s not the way to act.’ It was the exact same thing,” Smith charged.

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Reese didn’t give two figs about being criticized over the gestures and said so on ESPN, “I’m happy. All year, I was critiqued about who I was. The narrative – I don’t fit the narrative. I don’t fit the box you all want me to be in. I’m too hood. I’m too ghetto. You told me that all year.”

“But when other people do it – you all don’t say nothing. So, this is for the girls that look like me. That’s going to speak up for what they believe in. It’s unapologetically you, and that’s what I did it for tonight. It was bigger than me tonight. It was bigger than me. Twitter is going to go in a rage every time. And, I mean, I’m happy. I feel like I helped grow women’s basketball this year. I’m super happy and excited. I’m looking forward to celebrating and then next season,” she proclaimed.

The LSU star also said that Clark is “a hell of a player for sure, but I don’t take disrespect lightly.”

Reese was crowned the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player following her 15-point, 10-rebound national championship, which was the first in LSU history.

Jill Biden was roasted for wanting both teams to visit the White House:


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