Angel Reese Responds to Charles Barkley Saying WNBA Players Should Stop Giving Caitlin Clark a Hard Time

Signs of beef between Reese and Clark was first seen during the 2023 Women's College Basketball National Championship game.

Angel Reese in a black outfit, Sabrina Ionescu in a basketball jersey, and Charles Barkley in a suit, smiling.
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Angel Reese in a black outfit, Sabrina Ionescu in a basketball jersey, and Charles Barkley in a suit, smiling.

Angel Reese had some words for Caitlin Clark and Charles Barkley after the latter claimed other WNBA players should stop being "petty" and thank Clark for getting the league private charter flights, visibility, and more.

Earlier this week, Sir Charles called out various WNBA players for allegedly giving Clark a hard time on the court. According to Barkley, the women in the league should thank Clark for all the changes that have been implemented instead of giving her a hard time.

Barkley's statement and all the press regarding Clark may have rubbed Reese the wrong way. She hopped on her X page and shared a since-deleted response after her Chicago Sky team handed the New York Liberty their first loss of the season. Reese poured in 13 points, nine rebounds, and one assist. 

According to Reese, teams need more than just one player on a "charter flight" to be successful. "And that's on getting a win in a packed out [arena], not just cause of one player on our charter flight," she tweeted.

Angel after the Sky's W tonight 👀

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2024
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There are several layers under Reese's message. The 22-year-old mentioned her team added a tally to their win column, a possible shot at Clark and the Indiana Fever, who are currently 0-5 on the season. The mention of a "packed crowd" could refer to teams selling out arenas without the help of Clark, while the "charter flight" reference is an obvious nod to the WNBA ruling that teams can now take advantage of such perks.

The friction between Reese and Clark can be traced back to the 2023 college basketball National Championship game when the Iowa Hawkeyes took on the Louisiana State University Tigers. During the game, Reese taunted Clark with WWE wrestler John Cena's "You Can't See Me" gesture

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