Caitlin Clark pushed down on cheap shot from Chicago Sky player Photo Credit: ESPN

Saturday’s matchup between the Indiana Fever and the Chicago Sky featured an incident where star guard Caitlin Clark was on the receiving end of a cheap shot, which stirred up a bit of controversy.

The incident came in the third quarter of the game after Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter scored on a midrange jump shot to cut the Fever’s lead to four.

As Clark went to go take the inbound pass from her teammate, she was sent to the floor by Carter before the ball was even put into play. The two seemed to be jarring back and forth throughout the entire possession before the incident, which can be seen in this full video of the moment below.

A hard foul that is an actual action that should take place on the basketball court is one thing. But this was completely different and seemingly quite uncalled for since the ball wasn’t even in play at the time. But surprisingly, this wasn’t even ruled to be a flagrant foul.

Naturally, fans took to social media to offer their opinion on the situation, largely ripping Carter for this non-basketball play.

It’s obviously impossible to determine what Clark may have said to Carter the possession before to invoke this kind of response from her. But it isn’t the best look to be openly cheap-shotting perhaps the biggest reason that the league has seen a ratings boost this season.

Clark discussed the play in an on-court interview after the third quarter ended, openly criticizing Carter and saying that it “wasn’t a basketball play”.

“Yeah, that’s just not a basketball play,” Clark said, transcribed by the New York Post. “But you know I’ve gotta play through it, that’s what basketball is about at this level. I thought we’ve been really physical, we’ve missed some bunnies around the rim, so hopefully those fall in the fourth.”

Clark and the Fever would get the last laugh, winning the game 71-70 for their first home win of the season and just their third overall win on the year.

[CJ Fogler on X, New York Post]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.