Love, appreciation, and admiration continue to come Angel Reese’s way despite the backlash she has faced on Twitter.
Earlier today (April 3), Former President Barack Obama congratulated Reese and her Louisiana State University women’s basketball teammates for winning their first national championship in the program’s history.
“Congrats to the new champs, LSU women’s basketball!” Obama tweeted. “They earned it, and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more from them in the years ahead.” To which Reese responded, “I love my president.”
Serving as the leading man in Washington D.C. from 2008-2016, Obama continues to share his appreciation for Black athletes and the work they contribute to the game of sports.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 3, 2023
I LOVE MY PRESIDENT! https://t.co/FXSNSGTDb9
— Angel Reese (@Reese10Angel) April 3, 2023
His latest acknowledgment came as several individuals criticized Reese for how she acted after her team played The University of Iowa. After a hard-fought NCAA Tournament championship game, Reese made a hand motion, famously started by WWE’s John Cena, toward an Iowa player.
Individuals on social media were quick to critique her actions and call her “classless.” Reese and other sports figures hit back with a question. Why was it a problem when Reese made the gesture, but not when others did it?
Before Reese, Iowa player, Caitlin Clark, did the “you can’t see me” hand motion against the Louisville Cardinals after her team advanced to the Final Four round. Even Cena himself congratulated her after she made the waving gesture.
If it wasn’t “classless” when Caitlin Clark did it, don’t call it classless when Angel Reese does it. Let the women compete, it’s sports!! pic.twitter.com/lJpS1NId68
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) April 2, 2023
After watching both athletes display the same motion, many were convinced the movement wasn’t people’s issue, but the person’s skin color was.
But even with the critiques, Reese finished the tournament with a fantastic feat. She ended her last game of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Her performance throughout March Madness earned her the Most Outstanding Player trophy. She also set a new single-season NCAA double-double record by notching her 34th in the championship round.
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