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Angel Reese Criticized For Waving Goodbye To Fouled Out Opponent During NCAA Tournament

LSU star Angel Reese is under fire for making another hand gesture during the NCAA tournament.

Angel Reese is under fire for making another hand gesture during the NCAA tournament.

The LSU Tigers scored an 83-56 win over Middle Tennessee in its NCAA tournament game on Sunday, March 24, The Sun reports. However, it was during the game’s third quarter when Reese let her emotions show after Middle Tennessee center Anastasiia Boldyreva fouled out the game.

As Boldyreva walked off the court looking visibly upset, Reese brought herself back up on her feet and proceeded to wave goodbye to Boldyreva. She turned toward the crowd and prompted LSU fans to cheer louder before waving goodbye once again.

Fans sounded off when the video clip was shared on X with some calling Reese a “mean girl.”

“She’s the most unlikable athlete in college sports. She fits right in with her HC,” one fan wrote.

“Such a clown,” added someone else.

Another viewer likened Reese to former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who frequently receiving criticism for his game play. Reese rose in popularity and prominence during the 2023 NCAA tournament after making a hand gesture at Iowa Hawkeye’s Caitlin Clark.

LSU went on to win the tournament and sparked Reese’s growing celebrity status. Since winning the 2023 national championship, Reese has appeared at the ESPYs, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, and Latto and Cardi B’s “Put It on the Floor Again” music video. She also boasts over $1.8 million in NIL deals, while Clark has acquired $3 million with endorsements from Nike, Gatorade, State Farm, and Buick, among others.

In the 2024 NCAA tournament, LSU will play the winner of Creighton and UCLA in the Sweet 16. There’s a chance LSU will get a rematch with Clark and Iowa in the Elite Eight.

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