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Chicago Sky head coach Teresa Weatherspoon releases statement about Chennedy Carter foul on Caitlin Clark

Chicago Sky head coach Teresa Weatherspoon released a statement Monday regarding the Flagrant 1 foul called against Chennedy Carter, who knocked Caitlin Clark to the floor during Saturday’s loss to the Indiana Fever.

“Physical play, intensity and a competitive spirit are hallmarks of Chicago Sky basketball,” Weatherspoon said, via a press release. “Chennedy got caught up in the heat of the moment in an effort to win the game. She and I have discussed what happened and that it was not appropriate, nor is it what we do or who we are. Chennedy understands that there are better ways to handle situations on the court and she will learn from this, as we all will. As a team, we will grow together and continue to work hard to display strong leadership and set a positive example of our competitors, fans and partners.”

Carter refused to answer questions after the game about the incident involving Clark, the former Iowa record-setting sensation and No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft. The WNBA upgraded the foul call to a Flagrant 1 on Sunday.

With less than 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Carter hit a deep 2-point jumper. As the Fever attempted to inbound the ball to Clark, Carter shoulder-checked her, knocking Clark to the floor during a dead ball play. Carter also appeared to direct an expletive at Clark before delivering the blow.

Clark addressed the hit during an interview on the ESPN broadcast, saying “That’s just not a basketball play.” Indiana head coach Christie Sides came to the defense of Clark on social media after the game, calling the incident “unacceptable.” She also revealed the Fever have submitted certain plays to the WNBA for review throughout the season.

“We’re just going to keep sending these possessions to the league, and these plays, and hopefully they’ll start, you know, taking a better look at some of the things that we see happening, or we think is happening,” Sides said. “Just more happy that Caitlin handled it the way she did. You know, it’s tough to keep getting hammered the way she does and to not get rewarded with free throws or foul calls. She’s continued to fight through that. Appreciate that from her. Really, really proud of her for doing that.”

Clark broke numerous records during her four-year college career at Iowa where she became a household name. Women’s college basketball reached incredible new heights in popularity this past season with star players, a list headlined by Clark. Iowa drew record TV ratings for the Elite Eight, Final Four and national championship games


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