- Swoopes responded to accusations of racism by saying ‘black people can’t be racist’
- Whitlock criticized her for that stance, saying she “suffers from idolatry.”
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Conservative pundit Jason Whitlock has taken aim at basketball Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes, who clarified some critical beliefs she had about Iowa women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark.
In February, Swoopes made some generalizations about Clark that turned out to be incorrect before the Iowa star broke the NCAA women’s basketball scoring record.
Swoopes attempted to claim that Clark’s success was not legitimate by saying she was a 25-year-old player in her fifth year who takes “about 40 shots a game.” In reality, Clark is a 22-year-old senior and averages 22.6 shots per game.
Those comments sparked backlash, with some accusing Swoopes of racism. Clarifying criticism of her on former NBA star Gilbert Arenas’ YouTube show, the four-time WNBA champion stated that “black people can’t be racist.”
Whitlock pounced on those comments by calling Swoopes a ‘dumb jock’ before showing his comments to his viewers on The Blaze.
Conservative pundit Jason Whitlock went after Sheryl Swoops after she attempted to clarify comments he made about Iowa women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark last month.
Swoopes, accused of racism by Clark’s fans, said “black people can’t be racist.”
In the clip from Arenas’ show, Swoopes said what Clark has done for women’s basketball “has been great” and called her “the best college shooter I’ve ever seen in my life.”
But she also believes people shouldn’t put high expectations on Clark or any other WNBA player.
Swoopes said, “When you put these expectations on these young girls in college to go to the next level and be immediately dominant, when that doesn’t happen, people come back and say, ‘Oh, she was a failure, she was a failure.'” “She wasn’t that good.” I mean, let them do what they do in college, enjoy what they do in college, and let them become WNBA stars.’
That clarification seems to stem from a prediction he made when he made his ’40 shots per game’ comment: ‘Will Caitlin Clark be a good pro? Absolutely. Will Caitlin Clark enter the WNBA and will she do what she’s doing now right away? Absolutely not. She’s not going to pass.’
Whitlock claimed that Swoopes was moving the goalposts and trying to make it seem like his words were not as harsh as they were.
“That super strong, angry lesbian culture is going to destroy Caitlin Clark when she gets to the WNBA,” Whitlock said, going so far as to suggest that the league’s players are “planning to destroy her” when she gets there.
Instead of specifically criticizing Swoopes’ points about Clark, Whitlock decided to pick apart the Hall of Famer’s defense that “black people can’t be racist.”
“Swoops suffers from idolatry,” Whitlock said. ‘She has made her skin color an idol. That’s why, in that podcast interview, she’s wearing a t-shirt that says “I AM BLACK HISTORY.”
Clark passed Pete Maravich to become college basketball’s all-time leading scorer on Sunday.
‘Race is his idol. He’s no different than the white KKK members who have made their skin their idol.’
He ended his rant against Swoopes by saying, ‘So what if she said a bunch of ridiculous things about Caitlin Clark? Swoopes is a black queen making history! She is above all responsibility! She owes no apologies! .
‘She is free to adopt the attitudes, behaviors and excuses of white bigots, because her bigotry is inconsequential and/or justified! Her ancestors were mistreated, she earned the privilege of mistreating others! Like many dumb jocks, she is immersed in the worship of the black matriarchy.
On Sunday, Clark passed Pete Maravich to become the all-time scoring leader in college basketball.