Chennedy Carter during a May 15 game. Chennedy Carter during a May 15 game. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports.)

The WNBA world is buzzing around Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter’s hard foul on Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark Saturday. That foul was initially seen as flagrant by many media outlets, including ESPN, and tweeted that way at first, but it was only ruled a common foul on the court. However, upon further review Sunday, the WNBA has now upgraded it to a flagrant foul.

As Peterson (who covers the Fever and the WNBA for the Indianapolis Star) notes there, that change won’t lead to a fine for Carter. (The only fine to come out of this was for Carter’s teammate Angel Reese for refusing to talk to media afterwards, and for the Sky for violating league media policies by not making her available.) But it is still a notable decision on two fronts.

The points scale means there could be further punishment for Carter if she commits other flagrant fouls. And, perhaps even more notably, the WNBA’s decision that this was a flagrant foul illustrates that they won’t tolerate these kinds of moves. And that somewhat supports Clark’s post-game comment that this was “Not a basketball play,” and the “Clean up the crap!” comment from Fever general manager Lin Dunn, referencing how this is far from the first discussion about fouls on Clark in both the NCAA and WNBA ranks:

We’ll see if players’ approach to fouling Clark changes after this one was upgraded to a flagrant. And we’ll see if hits like this are called flagrant fouls on the floor next time.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.