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Opinion | Believe victims even if you don鈥檛 like them
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By Delaney Rauscher Adams, Staff Columnist • July 12, 2024
Opinion | Women pop stars and the pressure to evolve
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Opinion | Believe victims even if you don鈥檛 like them
Opinion | Believe victims even if you don鈥檛 like them
By Delaney Rauscher Adams, Staff Columnist • July 12, 2024
Opinion | Women pop stars and the pressure to evolve
By Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor • July 10, 2024

Column | Caitlin Clark adapts to life in the W萌妹社区安卓版下载

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Caitlin Clark is the rare type of athlete that needs little introduction. Showcasing a rare blend of limitless scoring range and passing ability, Clark amassed one of the most decorated careers of any college athlete in history.听

By the time Clark finished her career at Iowa, she had collected a plethora of awards, championships and records,

Clark鈥檚 talent and dominance helped popularize women鈥檚 basketball amongst fans and media with contests starring her Hawkeyes breaking records for attendance and viewership. Noted as 鈥鈥 Iowa Hawkeyes games became top billing wherever they traveled and on television, with

With her amount of stardom and talent, Clark was one of 鈥 if not the most 鈥 hyped basketball prospect in recent memory, even amongst a stacked draft class with names like Angel Reese and Cameron Brink also bringing in fan interest.听

Once the Indiana Fever were given the No. 1 pick of the 2024 draft, its home games sold out immediately, and

On the court, Clark has continued to excel, becoming a bright spot for a rebuilding Fever franchise. So far, Clark has averaged 15 points, five rebounds and six assists in her first month of play and was named the W萌妹社区安卓版下载鈥檚 Rookie of the Month in May. While Clark hasn’t performed quite as well as in her college years, nor has she managed to reverse the Fever鈥檚 fortunes immediately, she has played as well as advertised and should prove interesting to watch as her career progresses.听

However, most of the recent news surrounding Clark has less to do with her on-court play and with the and the

involve Caitlin taking hard fouls during games, mostly dished out by veteran players. Recent incidents involving Chennedy Carter and Reese have sparked conversations in both online circles and national media.听

Much of the , as she is responsible for much of the attention the league has received. Commentators and fans alike have raised questions of jealousy and are curious as to why Clark is receiving the brunt of the physical play.听

Amid the controversy, it is hard to ignore some of the racial dynamics at play, both amongst the players and in the media. Clark鈥檚 image is built around her approachable and 鈥淎ll-American鈥 persona. Clark grew up in Iowa and, through trial and tribulation, led herself and her hometown university to unprecedented heights, all the while remaining humble and dedicated throughout the process.听

That upbringing is a common trope in the American ethos, with Clark providing a 21st-century version of the 鈥淎merican Dream鈥 that provides many Americans with a story to look up to. However, this narrative often fails to take into account the stories of and , both of which are widely represented in the W萌妹社区安卓版下载, and intentionally or not, create an othering between Clark and her peers in the league.

This narrative spilled over when the United States national basketball team roster did not include Clark for the upcoming Paris Olympics. Even though four other white players were included on the roster, many believed that .听

While Clark does have comparable stats to those who were included, her lack of experience in professional basketball and lack of rapport with the national team provided the actual justification. However, if her career continues strong, she will most certainly play on the 2028 national team that will compete in Los Angeles.听

Clark herself seems disinterested in pushing any narratives or agendas and wants to focus on developing her game and returning the Fever to basketball prominence.听

While the off-the-court circus is tiring, it is good to know that it will not deter Clark from realizing her potential.