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Shock body slam against Caitlin Clark became blatant violation by WNBA

The WNBA on Sunday classified Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter’s foul against Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark as a flagrant violation 1 after reviewing the play.

Carter shouldered Clark who knocked her to the ground before an inbounds pass during the third quarter of Saturday’s 71-70 victory over the Fever. The officials called it a foul away from the ball and did not review the play. At the time, it was considered a common foul.

“I didn’t expect it,” Clark said after the game. “It’s what it is. It’s a physical game. Go make the free throw and execute on offense, and I feel like that’s kind of what we did.

Carter did not answer questions about Clark or the play after the game.

The league fined Sky forward Angel Reese $1,000 for not making herself available to the media after Saturday’s game. The WNBA also fined Chicago $5,000 for failing to ensure all players followed the league’s media policies.

The league office may reclassify a flagrant foul or improve a flagrant foul that is not called during the game. Additionally, the league can fine or suspend a player for a flagrant foul. The WNBA didn’t do anything to Carter either.

Players accrue points for flagrant fouls during the regular season and are suspended if they reach a certain number.

Caitlin Clark is tackled to the ground by Chennedy Carter
Caitlin Clark is tackled to the ground by Chennedy Carter (WNBA)

“This league is great, it’s a physical league,” Indiana coach Christie Sides said before playing the New York Liberty on Sunday night. “It was a non-basketball game that had to be canceled at that time.”

Sides praised Clark in her postgame interview Saturday for maintaining her composure throughout the physical play she has faced this season.

“She showed it last night,” the coach said. “I got up and kept playing. All she did was ask officials to look into it. They didn’t want to listen to him. I applaud her for the way she handled the situation last night.

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark drives to the basket against Chicago Sky during a game at Grainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, June 1, 2024.
Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark drives to the basket against Chicago Sky during a game at Grainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, June 1, 2024. (Michelle Pemberton/Reuters)

Clark finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Reese had eight points and 13 rebounds.

“I grew up playing basketball with the boys. It’s always been physical and fiery and you have to find a way to cope,” Clark said.

News Source : www.independent.co.uk
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