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Caitlin Clark: As WNBA turns foul on Fever Star flagrant, Indiana GM calls on league to clean up ‘targeting actions’

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Caitlin Clark was on the end of a Chennedy Carter foul, which was later upgraded by the WNBA to Flagrant 1.



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Chicago Sky goalkeeper Chennedy Carter was at the center of a social media storm for her off-ball foul against Caitlin Clark in the third quarter of the game against the Indiana Fever on Saturday.

Many critics say Carter appeared to go out of his way to throw his hip and shoulder at Clark, whose back was turned and who fell to the ground after the foul.

A day later, the WNBA upgraded Carter’s foul to a Flagrant 1, which the league defines as “unnecessary and/or excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent.”

Clark’s Fever team then defeated the Sky 71-70 in a hard-fought game.

Afterward, Carter refused to address the misconduct, telling reporters, “I’m not answering any questions from Caitlin Clark.” »

Fever general manager Lin Dunn posted on X, suggesting there was a “difference between tough defense and pointless targeting actions!”

“This has to stop!” The league needs to “clean up” this bullshit! This is NOT who this league is!! Dunn continued on X.

CNN has contacted the WNBA for comment.

For his part, Clark said of the foul during his post-match press conference: “It is what it is. I feel like I’m just at the point where you accept it and don’t retaliate. Just let it hit you, be what it is, don’t let it get into your head and know that it happens.

“I think at this point I know I’m going to take a few hard shots a game and that’s what it is. I try not to let it bother me and stay in the game and what’s important because usually it’s the second person who gets caught if you fight back.

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Clark hits the ground after Carter’s off-ball foul on the Fever guard.

“So I’m just trying to stay in the game and focus on my team and what’s important.”

However, Fever coach Christie Sides later took to social media to demand that the WNBA take action over the “unacceptable” situation.

Carter’s teammate Angel Reese, who was seen clapping and hugging Carter after the foul, was fined $1,000 by the WNBA for refusing to make herself available to the media after the match, the league also announced on Sunday.

The Sky organization was also fined $5,000 for failing to ensure all players followed the league’s media policies.

CNN has contacted Chicago Sky for comment.

Fever fell to 2-9 on the season after a 104-68 loss to the New York Liberty on Sunday. Clark, who was shooting 1 for 10, finished with three points.

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