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ESPN analyst Doris Burke has joined the legion of clout-chasers frivolously name-dropping Indiana Fever star Caitlin Clark to get attention.

On Monday, Burke — commentating during Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics — spouted a tone-deaf “joke” that downplayed the aggressive targeting of Clark by her WNBA rivals.

After Dallas forward P.J. Washington fouled Celtics forward Kristaps Porzingis by yanking him to the ground, Burke said, “If that were Caitlin Clark, it might spark a debate for a week.”

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Her flippant remark suggested the negative reaction to Clark’s being the target of multiple hard fouls by opponents was overblown or unwarranted.

Numerous people on social media torched Burke for her boneheaded statement.

“Yeah, Doris. If it happened to Porzingis every game, sometimes multiple times in a game while every player in the league acts like it isn’t happening, it just might, you’re right,” one X user wrote.

“What terrible commentary.”

Did you think Burke’s joke was funny?

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“Let’s not pretend like ppl just randomly overreact to CC being fouled hard,” another commenter said.

“If players in the NBA made it obvious that they had a personal issue with Porzingis off the court, fans would believe these hard fouls against him were malicious too.”

One person said the flagrant foul Washington committed on Porzingis reminded him of Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese’s cheap shots against Clark.

Clark has been the target of race-hustling trash talk off the court and rough fouls on the court since making her WNBA debut on May 15.

The people grousing about Clark cannot seem to hide their jealousy and resentment toward a 22-year-old rookie sensation who has single-handedly electrified the heretofore dull WNBA.

If these aggressive fouls persist unchecked and — God forbid — the Fever star gets seriously injured and sidelined, the league will once again sink back into obscurity.

If only Clark’s brainless haters understood this. As the saying goes: A rising tide lifts all boats.


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