Why Do Y'all Hate Caitlin Clark So Much?

Published in April. The Complex Sports team sat down to answer questions on if people hate Caitlin Clark.

Female basketball player in Iowa uniform walking on court, focus on player #22
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We've never seen a generational (yes, generational) talent like Caitlin Clark be this polarizing of a figure in sports early in a career. You may combat that statement by mentioning a guy like LeBron James, who has a significant amount of haters but the majority of those haters have a great deal of respect for him as well. His hate was also built up over time. When it comes to Caitlin Clark, there's been a lot of hate and disrespect off the bat. Fans are going to be fans and say whatever they want whether it's based off facts or opinions but when former and current players are piling on as well, you have to stop and evaluate the situation. 

You don't have to like Caitlin Clark or her play style but you definitely have to recognize and acknowledge what she's done for the game of women's basketball. No other college athlete in the past 25 years has transcended their sport like Clark has. Women's college basketball is at its peak in popularity right now and that's on the back of Clark. As Dawn Staley said after the national championship, Clark is undisputedly one the greatest of all time in the sport but not everyone likes to hear that. 

Let us briefly go down some of the responses from the legends of women's basketball to Caitlin's play on the court. Sheryl Swoopes tried to invalidate her scoring record with incorrect statements, Diana Taurasi sent a warning to Clark about her future in the WNBA, Breanna Stewart said Clark needed a championship to be considered an all-time great, and Lynette Woodard said Clark didn't break her scoring record because Clark didn't play with men's basketball and without a 3-point line. These are four legends in women's basketball refusing to uplift someone who has helped changed the game instead they're nitpicking her legacy. Clark on the other hand is quick to acknowledge the groundwork that was laid before her. 

So why do so many people disrespect Caitlin Clark? Is it a race thing? Do people believe she's overrated? Do people think she's too cocky? The Complex Sports sat down to answer some of these questions. 

Female basketball player in Iowa uniform walking on court, focus on player #22

If you don’t rock with Caitlin Clark game you’re just a FLAT OUT HATER!!!!! Stay far away from them people!! PLEASE

— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 7, 2024
Twitter: @KingJames

Is it a Race Thing?

Iowa women's basketball team in uniform on the court during a game, one player in a wheelchair

Is It Because Her Name Is in Conversations With All-Time Greats?

Three UConn basketball players on court celebrating, with one making an "OK" gesture

take notes diana taurasi, breanna stewart, and lynette woodward. THIS is how u give flowers and empower woman’s hoops pic.twitter.com/cj0jBhCyYn

— Teddy💛 (@Teddy_20) April 7, 2024
Twitter: @Teddy_20

Do You Think She's Too Cocky?

Female basketball player in uniform with "IOWA 22" running on court during a game

Is it Because You Think She's Overrated or Overhyped?

Person lying on the floor with confetti, hands behind head, celebrating a basketball victory

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