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Indiana Fever Coach Warns WNBA, Says Caitlin Clark Olympic Snub Controversy 'Woke a Monster'

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Caitlin Clark is not going to get mad at being left off the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team.

Instead, she’s going to prove to everyone that’s where she belongs, according to Indiana Fever coach Christie Sides.

Reports of the Team U.S.A. roster first emerged Saturday, and people swiftly noticed that Clark would not be on the team. Los Angeles Times writer Bill Plaschke called the snub “a shocker,” adding a message to the selection team: “shame on them.”

In a video posted to X by Fever beat writer Chloe Peterson, Sides said she was “disappointed of course. She’s my player.”

“You know, that’s the hardest team in the world to make, right? That is a tough team. She’s young. She’s going to have so many opportunities,” she said.

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Sides said that when she spoke to Clark “she said ‘hey coach, they woke a monster.’ That was awesome.”

Clark says her time will come, according to a video posted to X.

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“I’m excited for the girls that are on the team,” Clark said.

“I know it’s the most competitive team in the world and I know it could’ve gone either way, me being on the team or me not being on the team,” the precocious rookie continued. “So, I’m excited for them, gonna be rooting them on to win gold. I was a kid that grew up watching the Olympics, so, it’ll be fun to watch them.”

“Honestly, no disappointment. I think it just gives you something to work for,” she said Sunday.

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“You know, It’s a dream, hopefully one day I can be there,” Clark added. “I think it’s just a little more motivation. You remember that and hopefully in four years, when four years comes back around, I can be there.”

Clark said she was called with the news about the roster.

“They called me and let me know before everything came out, which was really respectful of them and I appreciated that,” Clark said.

“They did the same for every girl that made the team or every girl that didn’t make the team. There’s a lot of players in the Olympic pool, so it wasn’t like I was the only one they had to call. They had to make quite a few calls,” she said.

She said that despite wishing to play in the Olympics, she has other things to do.

“Absolutely, it’s gonna be really nice, I mean. I love competing every single second, but it’s gonna be a great month for my body to get rest, get healthy and get a little time away from basketball and the craziness of everything that’s been going on and find some peace and quiet for myself,” Clark said.

She said she will also visit the weight room and work on aspects of her game she wants to refine.

Clark and the 3-9 Fever will travel to play the 9-1 Connecticut Sun on Monday evening.


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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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