WNBA’s Chennedy Carter has ‘no regrets’ over vicious Caitlin Clark bodycheck: ‘I classify myself as a dawg’

WNBA player Chennedy Carter appears to have a better grasp of today’s political terrain than she does on what constitutes competing on a basketball court.

Carter, who is black, drew national attention — perhaps, for the first time in her career — to what has long been the unwatchable WNBA when she mugged rookie sensation Caitlin Clark during a game on Saturday, slamming the white player to the floor after a hard body check from behind.

After refusing to comment on her actions immediately after the game, which included calling Clark a “b*tch,” Carter addressed the hard foul that the league upgraded to a flagrant-1 violation on Sunday — the game officials saw it as a standard away-from-the-ball foul.

As might be expected, Carter stood by her assault: “I don’t have any regrets with anything. I’m going to compete and play 100 percent hard – no matter who it is or who we’re playing.”

Playing the victim, Carter claimed that she was “hit in the head” earlier and acted in the “heat of the moment.” Footage of the previous play shows Carter and Clark going at each other at the other end of the court.

“I think I got hit in the head the play before and it was just one of those things that was in the heat of the moment. I don’t know Caitlin. I don’t know her from anyone but at the end of the day this is hoops, it is competitive,” she said.

Carter suggested Clark was the instigator and bears all the fault.

“This is basketball, if you’re playing someone like me, I classify myself as a dawg. So if you’re going to throw a punch, I’m going to compete with you,” she alleged, though no footage captures any such punch being thrown.

A social media user added a little context when it comes to the player:

“When we’re inside those four lines, it’s smoke. After, it’s all love… we didn’t hit her like she was out on the streets. It’s just basketball,” Carter added.

The real smoke is the fiery reception the white rookie phenom is receiving in the WNBA… a reception marked by pettiness and jealousy, despite the fact that Clark is drawing eyes to the league for perhaps the first time, ever.

Clark was just declared the WNBA Rookie of the Month for May — as the league noted, she became the third player in WNBA history with 100+ points, 30+ rebounds and 30+ assists in her first 6 career games.

Indiana coach Christie Sides praised Clark on Saturday for the way she is handling the physical play she encounters on the floor.

“You know, it’s tough to keep getting hammered the way she does and to not get rewarded with free throws or foul calls,”  Sides said of her player. “She’s continued to fight through that. Appreciate that from her. Really, really proud of her for doing that.”

As for the jealousy, behold Monday’s comments from fellow WNBA rookie and collegiate competitor Angel Reese. A teammate of Carter’s, Reese was on the bench at the time and jumped to her feet to cheer after Clark was body-checked to the floor — she was also fined $1,000 for avoiding the media after the game.

“It all started from the (2023) national championship game and I’ve been dealing with this for two years now. Understanding like negative things have probably been said about me, but honestly, I’ll take that because look where women’s basketball is,” Reese said. “People are talking about women’s basketball, who you’d never think would be talking about women’s basketball. People are pulling up to games, we’ve got celebrities coming to games and sold-out arenas because of one single game.”

“Just looking at that, I’ll take that role. I’ll take the bad guy role and I’ll continue to take that on and be that for my teammates. … I’ll look back in 20 years and be like, ‘The reason why we’re watching women’s basketball is not just because of one person. It’s because of me, too.’ I want y’all to realize that.”

Unfortunately for Reese, there are WNBA attendance statistics:

Tom Tillison

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