People React After Angel Reese Criticized for Taunting Caitlin Clark With ‘You Can’t See Me’ Gesture

LSU won the NCAA women’s basketball tournament national championship, but all anyone could talk about was what occurred between CaitlIn Clark and Angel Reese.

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LSU won the 2023 NCAA women’s basketball tournament national championship on Sunday, but all anyone could talk about was a moment that occurred between Tigers star forward Angel Reese and Hawkeyes superstar Cailtin Clark.

With LSU up big late in the fourth quarter, Reese hit Clark with the “you can’t see me” hand motion, which had become Clark’s unofficial signature taunt earlier in the tournament.


Reese took another jab at Clark by pointing to her ring finger just moments before her team would go on to win it all.

Reese was quickly vilified online for her taunts, prompting some prominent figures to call out the hypocrisy inherent in the way Clark was previously let off the hook for doing the exact same thing.

Some people, including Jalen Rose, pointed to University of South Carolina’s head coach Dawn Staley’s recent comments about criticism of her team’s physical style of play after a reporter compared her team to “bullies.”

“We’re not bar fighters. We’re not thugs. We’re not monkeys. We’re not street fighters,” Staley said. “This team exemplifies how you need to approach basketball on the court and off the court. And I do think that that’s sometimes brought into the game, and it hurts.”

Rose tweeted that how Reese being vilified by people highlighted exactly what Staley was “talking about.”

How Angel Reese is being vilified by many highlights exactly what @dawnstaley was talking about.

After the game, Reese herself addressed her actions, hinting towards the hypocrisy that was building online. 

“I’m too hood, I’m too ghetto. Y’all told me that all year. But when other people do it, y’all don’t say nothing. So this is for the girls that look like me,” she said. 

"I'm too hood, I'm too ghetto. Y'all told me that all year. But when other people do it, y'all don't say nothing. So this is for the girls that look like me." Angel Reese is unapologetically her 👏 @Reese10Angel

Reese and Rose weren’t alone in pointing the double standard that inherently exists in criticzing Reese for her actions while at the same time letting Clark off the hook. Check out some of the more notable reactions below.

If it wasn’t “classless” when Caitlin Clark did it, don’t call it classless when Angel Reese does it. Let the women compete, it’s sports!!

If you didn’t say it was classless when Caitlin Clark did it to her opponents then don’t say it about Angel Reese either.

Don’t get mad at Angel Reese doing this now if you loved it when Caitlin Clark did it.

If you praised Caitlin Clark as competitive, fiery, and passionate for doing the “You can’t See me” celebration and are criticizing Angel Reese for the same we already know!!

The biggest tell about the Angel Reese narrative is how can you listen to her and think anything other than “what a talented, enthusiastic, positive, lovely, young woman,” unless…

People hating on Angel Reese or Caitlin Clark. Stop. Unapologetically confident young women should be celebrated NOT hated. Get used to it.

We need to stop moralizing. Angel Reese winning a title and doing every celebration Caitlin Clark might have done but twice as theatrically has me excited for games that haven't even happened yet. STOP TRYING TO DISCOURAGE BLOODFEUDS BETWEEN GREAT PLAYERS

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