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Chicago Sky players harassed outside team hotel: ‘Couldn’t even step off the bus’

Several Chicago Sky players shared their stories of harassment outside the team hotel Wednesday night, with star rookie Angel Reese claiming one of his teammates had a camera shoved in his face as she got off the bus.

“This is seriously out of control and needs to stop,” Reese wrote on X.

The Sky arrived in Washington DC ahead of their game against the Washington Mystics on Thursday night. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the team was harassed by a man targeting Chennedy Carter, who received national attention for her serious foul on Caitlin Clark during the Sky’s game against the Indiana Fever on Saturday. The WNBA later upgraded the foul to Flagrant 1.

Sky forward Brianna Turner said she was not at the scene of the incident, but “the absurd headlines have certainly created an unstable environment for our safety.”

Turner and Sky general manager Jeff Pagliocca credited team security for defusing the situation and separating the man from the players.

“Thank God for safety,” posted Sky forward Isabelle Harrison. “My teammate being harassed in our hotel is insane. I couldn’t even get off the bus.

Carter’s hip check on Clark sparked a week of attention, both within the league and well outside. On Monday, Sky coach Teresa Weatherspoon called Carter’s foul “inappropriate.” On Wednesday, Indiana Congressman Jim Banks wrote a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert about Clark’s treatment by opponents.

Banks also criticized Reese for encouraging Carter at the time of the foul. On Tuesday, Reese said she was willing to be the “bad guy” in her years-long rivalry with Clark if it helped grow women’s basketball.

“I’m going to take on the role of the bad guy and I’m going to continue to play it and be that to my teammates,” Reese said. “And if I want to be, I know I will make history.” I’ll look back in 20 years and say, yeah, the reason we watch women’s basketball isn’t just because of one person. It’s because of me too. And I want you all to realize that it’s not just because of one person.

“A lot of us did a lot for this game, and Chennedy has been here before, obviously, but there are so many great players in this league who have deserved this for a long, long time and luckily it’s happening now.”

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