LSU forward Angel Reese. (Image source: TikTok – @angelreese10)
If you thought that Angel Reese enraged millions of sports fans’ as she taunted Caitlyn Clark when the LSU Tigers won the national title, then you must check out what happened when she won Best Breakthrough Athlete at the ESPYS.
Many fans were in an uproar when Reese was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. Reese beat out such formidable candidates as Brock Purdy, the quarterback for the NFL’s San Francisco, and Caitlyn Clark, the superstar for the Hawkeyes.
Angel Reese wins the ESPY for the Best Breakthrough Athlete 🤩 pic.twitter.com/wzh04F1yy9
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2023
In her typical bodacious fashion, Reese, aka the “Bayou Barbie,” further angered her detractors when Reese made a bold pronouncement during her acceptance speech at the ESPYS: She guaranteed that the LSU Tigers would repeat as national champions.
This was simply just too much for “conservative” sports fans to handle. They began pelting Reese with insults and denigrating her accomplishments — much like these same fans did when Reese won the title in March 2023 and earned the tournament’s Most Outsanding Player award.
She won a title sure, but wasn’t even the best player on her team. If it wasn’t for her mocking Caitlyn Clark (the best player in women’s college basketball) no one know who she was except tik tok kids
— Josh Tynes (@josh_tynes) July 13, 2023
To correct this fan’s outrageous and erroneous claims, Reese was the Tigers’ leading scorer and rebounder for the year, averaging 23.0 points and 15.4 rebounds. She also set the NCAA women’s basketball record for the most double-doubles in a single season with 34. And she topped off the Tigers’ championship year by winning the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.
But some fans believe that Clark was much more deserving of the award than Reese.
She’s still on that? 😂 Clarke living rent free in her head.
— Mo Abdalla 🔰 (@inthemo_ment) July 13, 2023
I threw up
— Gio Urshela (@sports_fan29) July 13, 2023
I cringe so hard hearing anyone say period…
— Salley Mitchell (@SalleyBMitchell) July 13, 2023
Lmao she was third best player on HER OWN TEAM that game. 😂 Loved when everyone compared what she did to what Caitlin did. Caitlin literally did it for two seconds walking to the bench. Reese followed Caitlin around for twenty seconds trying to get her attention. It was cringe
— Evan (@evanpatrick92) July 13, 2023
Caitlin Clark>Angel Reese
— Mike Williams (@spartanmike6) July 13, 2023
To be sure, Reese had plenty of backers who came to her defense and explained why the Bayou Barbie should have won the honor. One person crystallized the reason behind the anger aimed at Reese:
Caucasian people are being bitter about. Angel Reese again 🙄
— Cierra (@CierraCierra25) July 13, 2023
I wonder why all of the Angel Reese haters look the same🤔
— ⭐⭐Just Call Me Deezy (@encyclodeezy) July 13, 2023
Source: Rolling Out