Sunny Hostin, Whoopi Goldberg Defend Brutal Fouls On WNBA’s Caitlin Clark
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JUNE 01: Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) is guarded by Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter (7) on June 1, 2024, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg defended rough play in the WNBA after Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter checked Indiana Fever’s Caitlin Clark so hard that she hit the ground.

The Carter shoulder-check — which was ruled a “flagrant foul” — took place during a June 1 game, after which video of the forceful collision quickly went viral.

“There’s a difference between tough defense and unnecessary— targeting actions! It needs to stop! The league needs to ‘clean up’ the crap! That’s NOT who this league is!!” Indiana Fever GM Lin Dunn commented.

“Let’s be realistic, OK? This is basketball, OK? This happens in basketball all the time. Angel Reese got clotheslined the other day,” Goldberg downplayed the incident during Monday’s broadcast of “The View.”

“This is, ‘Get out the way or I’ma move you.’ That’s what the game is … A lot of people, however, are reading this as confrontation. But this is not confrontation. They’re not playing on the court. They’re there to win. And just because they’re women, get over yourselves, they’re athletes,” she added.



Hostin had previously complained that Clark got attention primarily because she was white and straight — despite the fact that she holds the all-time NCAA scoring record — and she also defended the rough play.

“It’s not dainty play. When you’re sitting there [and] you’re watching, sometimes when that happens you think, ‘Ooh, wow. I couldn’t take it,’” she said. “It’s gonna make them better. It’s gonna make Caitlin better. It’s gonna make Angel better. It’s gonna make the league better.”

Goldberg concluded by giving props to all of the players, adding, “None of us can beat them. None of us can do what they can do so let’s give them their due.”

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