Black and white trash talk is seen very differently and we know why: Shannon Sharp sparks controversy on March Madness as he supports LSU star Angel Reese facing fire for her taunt of Caitlin Clark
FS1 personality Shannon Sharpe described covering Angel Reese’s taunts as “not about anything other than race” on Undisputed.
Sharpe also noted that there was widespread ingrained racial prejudice in Reflection of the Nation, saying “It’s funny how black and white America sees it”, while noting the difference in coverage of Reese and Clark’s gestures; They both used John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me” during March Madness.
LSU’s Reese taunted Iowa star Clark in the last throes of the national title game, which the Tigers won comfortably.
Reese waved her hand in front of her face, an ode to John Cena’s WWE move — which Clarke did during the Final Four against South Carolina.
Unlike Clarke, Reese used the gesture over and over in the sequence, moving around the court in an attempt to tease Clark rather than the one-off move by Naismith’s Player of the Year in the previous game.
LSU’s Angel Reese taunted Caitlin Clark with her own disapproval during the NCAA national title game
Reese went a step further, also pointing her finger signifying her impending championship ring
Then NCAA Tournament all-time great LSU tapped her ring finger at Clark, signifying the impending championship ring.
Despite the explicit difference between the two measures, Sharpe extended criticism of Reese on grounds of racial bias.
“We see it in two different ways… When Caitlin Clark does John Cena, it’s considered ‘booty.’ Angela Reese does the same gesture that’s considered ‘layerless.'”
“It’s funny how you see America – society sees black and white.”
Sharpe conveyed his belief that the difference in media and public reaction regarding Bres and the black female student-athletes, did not fit the typical image typically seen in NCAA women’s sports. The Maryland deal made such rhetoric during its post-game press conference.
“I am unapologetically” said Angel Reese, she meant unapologetically black… It’s very clear what that is. This is not about anything other than race.
One is a celebration and is being celebrated. the other is condemned. And why? If only because the black female made the same gesture as the white female 48 hours earlier.
“Trash talk is part of the game. But white trash talk and black trash talk are seen very differently and we know why.
Clark used John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me” gesture against South Carolina during the Final Four victory
LSU captured its first national title in program history with a 102-85 win versus the Hawkeyes
ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith gave a speech similar to Sharpe’s take firstindicating a backlash over Reese’s actions and lack of control over Clark’s “black-and-white issue”.
We all know there’s a black and white issue here, because the truth of the matter is when Caitlin did it, people were celebrating. And they spoke of nothing but its greatness.
But the second time around, a sister came up and threw it back in her face, and now you have half of the basketball world saying ‘Well, you know what, that’s not the best thing to do. ”
He (Clark) kinda instigated this, and the fact that it wasn’t brought up says a lot about our society as a whole. You know exactly what the hell you do as people when you want to talk about how Angel Reese acts, but you don’t want to talk about how Caitlin Clark acts. This is the contradiction. That’s the story.