Caitlin Clark Could Find Herself Representing Team USA At The Paris Olympics In Shocking Turn Of Events

Caitlin Clark Could Find Herself Representing Team USA At The Paris Olympics In Shocking Turn Of Events

Caitlin Clark with warmups on looking up

Caitlin Clark (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Sparks rookie forward Cameron Brink had the entire sports world praying for her after she suffered a left knee injury during the first quarter of her team’s road game against the Connecticut Sun, and now her diagnosis could lead to a gain for Caitlin Clark.

Less than 24 hours after her injury, her final diagnosis was revealed, and it showed that the rookie’s season was officially over after she suffered a torn ACL.

Her injury was bad for the Los Angeles Sparks and Team USA, as she was a star on the women’s 3×3 basketball squad. Brink was selected to the four-member squad along with Valencia forward Cierra Burdick, Atlanta Dream guard Rhyne Howard, and TCU guard Hailey Van Lith.

Now that she will be unable to play, rumors are surfacing that Caitlin Clark might get a chance to represent the country in Paris after she was snubbed from the 5×5 team.

Although the move would certainly increase ratings and please her fan base, Caitlin Clark is not an option for the team.

According to FIBA eligibility for the Olympic 3×3 roster, as stated by USA Today, two of the four players must be ranked inside the top 10 of their country’s talent pool, and the other two must be ranked in the top 50.

However, to gain those ranking points, a player would have to have previously competed in 3×3 events. Unfortunately for Clark, she has not played in any 3×3 competitions, which would leave her ineligible as a replacement.

Caitlin Clark Responds To Cameron Brink’s Injury

Terrible news hit the sporting world on Wednesday when it was announced that rookie forward Cameron Brink sustained an ACL injury in Tuesday’s game against the Connecticut Sun, ending her season.

Fellow rookie and Indiana Fever star Caitlin Clark, who was selected right before Brink in the WNBA Draft, responded when asked about it.

“Obviously devastating. You don’t want to see anybody deal with any sort of injury, (especially) an injury of that magnitude,” Clark said. “I know she’s the type of person that’ll be able to get through it and come out of it stronger.

“But yeah, it just breaks your heart. She’s such a good basketball player but an even better person. Obviously, knowing her and her being one of my friends and going through this process together from when we were 17 years old. Like, we were roommates on the road in Thailand. Getting to share draft weekend together, award shows our junior year of college.”

Brink will, unfortunately, end her rookie campaign early, averaging 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game, per ESPN.com.

VIDEO: Stephen A. Smith’s Latest Message About Caitlin Clark And Racism Involves A Wild Reference To Donald Trump

Caitlin Clark, Stephen A. Smith and Donald Trump.Caitlin Clark, Stephen A. Smith and Donald Trump (Photos via Getty & ESPN)
In a recent episode of First Take, host Stephen A. Smith surprised everyone by discussing the challenges faced by Indiana Fever star player Caitlin Clark. While giving his opinion on the criticism surrounding Clark, Smith mentioned a controversial name. The 56-year-old NBA analyst brought up Donald Trump and discussed how race plays a role in Clark’s controversies.

“There’s a broader issue here that can’t be escaped. And that is this: she is a white young lady. And she’s been a magnet in a way that has benefitted the league in ways that others have not, even though their efforts have been worthy and deserving of being as celebrated, if not even more celebrated…. in the end, if you’re white, you’re bright, you’re right, and as a result, the shine comes your way in the eyes of a lot of people in America.” Smith said.

“You have somebody that’s a presidential candidate. What is his claim to fame? Make America Great Again. What have people interpreted that to mean? Make America White Again… what has that led to? A divide. It is not a divide that is created. It is a divide that is illuminated because it highlights and shows that it’s been in existence all along. And It hasn’t gone anywhere.” Smith added.

Caitlin Clark Racism Controversy

After making her debut in the WNBA, Clark has been involved in numerous controversies on a weekly basis. Recently, her fans have been bringing up her name in discussions about racism, misogyny, and homophobia. During an interview, the 22-year-old Fever player was asked about these topics, and she said that her focus was on basketball. Despite Clark ignoring the fans’ actions, another player, Connecticut Sun guard DiJonai Carrington, criticized Clark for ignoring such essential incidents.

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