Caitlin Clark has spoken up regarding allegations that she was snubbed from the Team USA roster for the Olympics. Despite her impressive success in college at Iowa and her WNBA career with Indiana Fever, head coach Cheryl Reeve and the selection committee preferred veterans such as A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart. Clark, who recently made headlines when she was brutally fouled by Chennedy Carter of the Chicago Sky, has responded to the news by saying that she will still be ‘rooting them on to win gold’ and that she wasn’t disappointed since it gives her something to work for in the future.

“I know it’s the most competitive team in the world and I know it could’ve gone either way, me being on the team or me not being on the team… I’m excited for them, gonna be rooting them on to win gold. I was a kid that grew up watching the Olympics, it’ll be fun to watch them… Honestly, no disappointment. I think it just gives you something to work for. It’s a dream, hopefully one day I can be there. I think it’s just a little bit more motivation. You remember that and hopefully when four years comes back around, I can be there.” – Caitlin Clark

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However, conservative media has expressed outrage, with Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports saying in an explosive video rant: “This is about Caitlin Clark being left off the Olympic team…how dumb are these women?… None of it matters. These women – and I love women, I’m a pro-women guy – they complain, they cry about equal rights, equal wages, blah blah blah…Hey dummies, for the first time in the history of basketball, you have arguably the player who is the most popular player in the world.” Similarly, critic Jason Whitlock has expressed his anger, blaming ‘BLM-LGBTQIA+Silent P Alphabet Mafia bigots.’

Clark is renowned for being the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I basketball during her time at Iowa. In April’s draft, she was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by Indiana Fever and has an impressive average of 16.8 points per game. However, Reeve reportedly favored experience in her roster selection, opting for players like Wilson, Stewart, Taurasi, Griner, Alyssa Thomas, Collier, Loyd, Plum, Young, Ionescu, Gray, and Copper for the Team USA squad.

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Team USA aims for its eighth consecutive Olympic basketball gold in Paris, with the tournament kicking off on July 29. The USA will be pitted against Germany, Japan, and Belgium in Group C. While Clark might not be joining the team, she’s excited to cheer them on from afar, while also working on earning a spot on the team for the future.

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