Caitlin Clark on the brink of potential WNBA suspension? Notable recruit speaks out against perceived unfair treatment

Despite the heat temporarily dampening Indiana Fever standout rookie Caitlin Clark after the May 24 win, the WNBA team’s season is largely mired in a losing streak, going 1-8 against all odds. If that wasn’t enough to paint shades of disappointment around Clark’s major league debut, she’s now in deep water, with the potential dangers of her suspension looming.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 30: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever exchanges words with Victoria Vivians #35 of the Seattle Storm during the first quarter of the game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on May 30, 2024, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images via AFP)

His cumulative number of technical fouls increases by the minute. On Thursday night, things got worse when the buzz-worthy basketball star squared off against Seattle Storm guard Victoria Vivians. While the duo was plagued by double technical fouls, Clark’s tally rose to three with just nine games under her belt in the WNBA after her big game debut earlier this year.

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Under WNBA rules, players who hit high with seven technical fouls in a season are suspended for one game. Additionally, with each additional technical foul that follows, another game goes off the player’s schedule. With 31 games left in the regular season, all eyes are on Clark, who can’t afford to be hit with a technical foul beyond the third count. The Indiana Fever’s rivals will have their sights set on the 22-year-old star, looking for ways to take her off the field.

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The Storm finally beat Indiana with a stunning 103-88 loss on Thursday.

Why did Caitlin Clark commit a technical foul on Thursday?

Before halftime, Indiana trailed Seattle 34-25. Caitlin came to her team’s rescue, but only with a three-pointer. However, Vivians didn’t make it easy for him and the pair found themselves embroiled in a heated moment as they ran onto the field. Everyone obtained a technique for this fierce confrontation.

On another subsequent faceoff, Fever coach Christie Sides was backing Clark up. Moments before receiving a technical foul, she broke up an argument with the referee during the third quarter. Referring to Seattle’s Sami Whitcomb’s offensive fouls on Clark that were ignored, Sides said after his loss: “I feel like they’re getting calls that are happening on our end as well, and I don’t have just don’t feel like we’re getting those.”

His previous technical fouls came from his crosswords with the officials. After a devastating loss to the Connecticut Sun, a technical glitch hit her when she told the referee, “It’s a f***ing foul,” following a play that didn’t draw the whistle from the referee.

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How Caitlin Clark reacted to alleged unfair treatment

While happy that her coach supported her throughout the Storm offense that was never called for a foul, Clark expressed her thoughts on the increasing physicality of the game at the professional level.

Although Sides supported Clark this time, earlier this week the head coach indirectly cited the rookie’s technical foul, saying, “We spend too much time talking to the officials.” We have to leave this alone. We just have to play our game and let them do their job and not put it in their hands. Noting that the team should not get technical data, she added: “Let me get it. »

In a postgame press conference, the No. 1 overall pick said, “I feel like I’m getting hammered, I don’t know. » His statement lines up with his previous remarks following the Fever’s loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday: “I think everyone is physical with me, they get away with things that other people don’t. ‘probably won’t come out of it.’

Despite her team’s back-to-back losses, Clark is still in the lead as a top player to potentially win Rookie of the Year.

On Thursday, she scored 30 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks, becoming the first WNBA rookie (and fourth player overall) to record a stat line of 30-5-5- 3-3. Additionally, she has averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game in the nine games so far.

For now, Caitlin Clark will head to her next professional game of the season on Saturday, June 1, as the Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky clash kicks off at 12 p.m. ET.