Caitlyn Clark Receives Apology From Reporter Over Inappropriate Remarks

The press conference introducing the Indiana Fever rookie has taken awkward turn following her exchange with a reporter, prompting backlash and a subsequent apology from the journalist.

AceShowbiz - The introductory press conference for Caitlin Clark, the first overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever, took an awkward turn on Wednesday, April 17.

Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel made a heart-shaped hand gesture towards Clark, a gesture she typically uses to greet her family after games. Clark asked if he liked the gesture, Doyel replied, "I like that you're here." Clark then explained that she makes the gesture for her family, to which Doyel said, "Start doing it to me and we'll get along just fine."

Clark's expression suggested discomfort, and the exchange was met with backlash on social media, with many criticizing Doyel's comment as inappropriate. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy labeled Doyel a "sexist pervert" on social media, while CBC Sports senior contributor Shireen Ahmed suggested revoking Doyel's credentials.

Doyel subsequently issued an apology via Twitter and in a column, expressing regret over his "clumsy and awkward" comment. He stated that he had intended to be welcoming but realized that he had "crossed a line." Doyel acknowledged that he needed to be more aware of how he interacted with others and vowed to do better.

Clark has emerged as a star in women's basketball, breaking numerous records during her NCAA career and becoming the all-time leading scorer in Division I men's and women's basketball. She signed a three-year contract with the Fever with an option for a fourth year, which will include millions in endorsement deals with Nike, including a signature shoe.

Clark's arrival has boosted ticket sales for the Fever, and her first game will be on May 14 against the Connecticut Sun. Despite the controversy surrounding her press conference, Clark remains focused on her professional basketball career and contributing to the Fever's success.

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