Caitlin Clark Left Off US Olympic Basketball Team: Jason Whitlock Blames BLM, LGBTQIA Pressure

WNBA star Caitlin Clark has been left off the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, sparking controversy and criticism. According to reports from USA Today, Blaze News columnist Jason Whitlock suggests that the decision-makers were influenced by fear of backlash from Black Lives Matter (BLM) and LGBTQIA activists.

Christine Brennan of USA Today was the first to report on Clark’s exclusion from the Olympic roster, describing it as a missed opportunity to showcase one of the most dominant players in sports. Brennan emphasized that Clark’s massive fanbase and her influence on the game made her omission surprising and detrimental to the team’s visibility.

Two anonymous veterans of U.S. women’s basketball cited concerns about Clark’s playing time on a stacked roster as a significant factor in the decision. They speculated that managing the expectations of her fans, who have grown accustomed to her dominant performances, would be challenging.

The anticipated 12-player Olympic roster is rich with guards, Clark’s primary position. According to The Athletic, the team includes notable players such as A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi, and Brittney Griner. Sportswriter Michael McCarthy highlighted the negative impact of this decision on NBC Sports, which has invested heavily in U.S. TV rights, noting that Clark’s presence would have significantly boosted viewership.

Whitlock, a vocal critic of what he sees as cultural and political pressures in sports, took to social media to express his views on Clark’s exclusion. He accused women’s basketball decision-makers of succumbing to pressures from BLM and LGBTQIA groups, labeling them as the “Alphabet Mafia.”

Whitlock wrote, “Women’s basketball decision-makers are not dumb. They’ve been bullied by the BLM-LGBTQIA+Silent P Alphabet Mafia bigots.” He continued to criticize the decision, comparing it to other societal changes he views as driven by similar pressures, such as the erection of George Floyd statues and the federal recognition of Juneteenth.

In another post, Whitlock bluntly stated, “She could replace any of the 12. None are needed to win the gold,” emphasizing Clark’s unparalleled talent and potential impact on the team. He argued that the debate over whom to remove from the team to make space for Clark was irrelevant, given her superior skills and star power.

Clark, who has made a significant impact in her first WNBA season, has been nearly tripling the league’s average viewership when she plays and has been a major draw for fans. Her statistics include an average of 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. She also became the fastest WNBA player to reach 200 points and 75 assists, achieving the milestone in just 12 games.

Whitlock concluded his critique by stating that the decision to exclude Clark was a result of political correctness overshadowing merit, saying, “They/Thems Hate Cait.”

As the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team prepares for the upcoming games, this decision and the surrounding controversy will likely continue to be a topic of discussion among fans and analysts alike.