Indiana Congressman Calls Out ‘Excessive Attack’ On Caitlin Clark, Demands Discipline And Fine Against Chennedy Carter And Angel Reese

An Indiana congressman is extremely upset about the “excessive attack” Chennedy Carter took against Caitlin Clark and wants her, Angel Reese, and the Chicago Sky to be disciplined.

Congressman Jim Banks (R, IN-3) fired off a letter to the WNBA on Tuesday, June 4, in response to the Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter’s controversial hip check of Clark during Saturday’s game against the Indiana Fever, NY Times reports. Blasting the “cheap shot,” Banks called for punishment against Carter, the Sky, and Carter’s teammate Angel Reese who was seen cheering the moment on.

“Unfortunately, since joining the WNBA, Clark’s exceptionalism has been met with resentment and repeated attacks from fellow players,” Banks wrote before addressing Carter’s shoulder check.

“Indiana is a basketball state. We don’t wince at aggressive defense, but this was not an example of playing ‘tough.’It was a cheap shot that could have resulted in an injury and should not be tolerated.”

Banks stressed the importance of protecting Clark due to her popularity, impact on WNBA viewership, and the future of the league.

“Every data point shows, when Caitlin Clark plays, more people watch and what they are seeing right now is a league that refuses to hold hostile players accountable and enforce their own rules of sportsmanship,” he wrote.

“It is not only a disservice to Clark and the Indiana Fever, it’s a disservice to the millions of young girls who are watching with dreams of playing in the WNBA one day.”

In his call to action request, Banks outlined a series of questions for WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert aimed st protecting Clark from “excessive physical targeting” and regulating players with a history of violence.

“What steps is the WNBA taking to curb excessive physical targeting of specific players? Will individual organizations be held responsible for allowing players with histories of violence to physically target their competitors,” he wrote. “Do you believe that WNBA players repeatedly diminishing the talents of their fellow players is beneficial to the leagues’ overall success? Do you believe that it is inspiring to young female athletes to see players like Indiana’s Caitlin Clark physically targeted for her success?”

Carter’s initial away-from-ball foul against Clark was later upgraded to a flagrant 1 on Saturday. It wasn’t the first time Carter has gotten herself in trouble for violent behavior.

She was suspended from the Atlanta Dream during her sophomore season due to “conduct detrimental to the team” after reportedly trying to fight her teammate Courtney Williams. She was later traded to the Los Angeles Sparks for the 2022 season.

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