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The ugly discourse surrounding Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark is here to save the WNBA, as long as she doesn't get touched

We should all protect Caitlin Clark. She is the white knight galloping in to save the Dark Continent known as the WNBA, the singular star uplifting an entire women's sports movement that only now matters because men are watching. She is the No. 1 draft pick learning the rigors of a professional league but doing so with the same lean and slightly sinewy 152-pound frame from her college days - every time she's double-teamed and trapped by grown women who refuse to view her as anything other than a scoring threat, the physical contact takes on a greater meaning.

And that's mostly because she is a minefield whose explosions are triggered by our worst inclinations. Although she has unprecedented power, Caitlin Clark, somehow, is the one in need of our protection.

Every time the Indiana Fever takes the floor, it seems, Clark is a target. That would be expected because her range starts from the moment she enters the arena and any opposing guard smart enough to have pored over Clark's college highlights knows she better play defense for all 94 feet. And yet, when Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter committed a flagrant foul by shoulder-checking Clark on Saturday, she became the subject of an ugly discourse that assumes Clark's frailty - and accuses her rivals of villainy.


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