Straight Off The Bus? Chicago Sky Players Say Team Was Harassed At Hotel By Man With Camera

Ahead of its Thursday night game against the Washington Mystics, Chicago Sky players were harassed by a man who approached with a camera upon as the Sky arrived at their Washington, D.C., hotel.

The man was reportedly targeting Sky guard Chennedy Carter, who has been under heavy scrutiny following a foul against Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark during a June 1 game. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, team security escorted the man away.

Several Sky players took to their personal X accounts to express their disbelief and outrage over the encounter. Rookie forward Angel Reese, who was fined $1,000 following the Carter-Clark clash, described the man putting a camera in her teammates’ faces as they got off the bus, calling it “NASTY WORK.”

Michaela Onyenwere said the incident at the Sky’s hotel is where “the line needs to be drawn,” while Isabelle Harrison thanked God for security as the team “couldn’t even step off the bus!!!”

Brianna Turner, who wasn’t present, questioned how the interpretation of “grow the game” meant “harassing players at hotels.”

Carter’s flagrant-1 foul against Clark continues to draw criticism from spectators defending the ballyhooed Indiana Fever rookie.

The Athletic reported that Indiana Congressman Jim Banks (R) sent a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert labeling Carter’s foul an “excessive attack” and a “cheap shot.” He criticized Reese for cheering on the foul, saying, “Indiana is a basketball state. We don’t wince at aggressive defense, but this was not an example of playing ‘tough.’”

Banks called for disciplinary action against Carter and the Sky beyond the existing violation upgrade and fines for failure to address media, claiming it was a disservice to Clark, the Indiana Fever, and aspiring young WNBA players.

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