Caitlin Clark Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Aces star A’Ja Wilson made headlines the other day when she said that Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark is only popular because she is white.

She also said it’s harder for black WNBA stars like herself to be recognized. Well, Clark responded to Wilson’s claims.

Clark believes there will be new opportunities for all players.

“I think there’s opportunities for every single player in women’s basketball. I think the more opportunities we can give across the board, that’s what’s going to elevate women’s basketball,” Clark said. “It doesn’t need to be one or two players, and I think that even goes back to college. I think we can … the parity in women’s basketball is what’s making more people want to come and watch it. I think the more you spread the love, show people, show their talents, show their teams, that’s just going to continue to elevate it. So, I think that’s the biggest thing.”

Clark struggled in her WNBA debut, scoring 20 points, but set a league record of 10 turnovers as well, yet despite that, the crowds did come out to see her in her debut for the Fever.

But Clark’s and the league’s overall popularity could elevate the whole league.

“I’ve had a lot of fun being in the spotlight and helping grow this game and move it forward. And that’s what I’m going to continue to do. But, I think I know firsthand how talented this league is whether it was me as a young kid, or whether it’s me now playing here, how many talented players are in this league. The more we can show the love, the better this league is going to be,” she concluded.

If that does happen, then maybe some of this talk will end.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.