One woke sports columnist melted down over Caitlin Clark

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Caitlin Clark is one of the most famous athletes in America.

But the debate around her is getting out of hand.

And one woke sports columnist melted down over Caitlin Clark.

Leftists freak out over Caitlin Clark’s salary

President Joe Biden led the parade of woke leftists complaining that basketball star Caitlin Clark – who set the all-time NCAA scoring record for men’s and women’s basketball and as well drew more than 18,000,000 viewers for her Iowa Hawkeyes taking on South Carolina in the women’s NCAA title game – would earn $76,000 in her rookie year and $338,000 over the course of her four-year contract as the number one pick in the WNBA draft.

“Women in sports continue to push new boundaries and inspire us all. But right now we’re seeing that even if you’re the best, women are not paid their fair share. It’s time that we give our daughters the same opportunities as our sons and ensure women are paid what they deserve,” Biden wrote on social media.

A user went viral on social media comparing Clark’s rookie earnings to San Antonio Spurs star rookie Victor Wembanyama, who made $10,000,000 in the first year of his rookie deal and is slated to earn $55,000,000 over the life of the contract.

Biden ignored the fact that the WNBA pulled in just $60,000,000 in media rights fees where whereas the NBA’s TV deal is worth $2.6 billion per year.

The NBA began the WNBA as a money-losing venture in 1997 to grow the game of women’s basketball.

Making money was just a bonus.

Clark’s historic run through the NCAA Tournament – multiple games set a ratings record – proved the NBA’s bet paid off.

Woke columnist slams Biden and other liberals

Lefty columnist Jemele Hill – who once called former President Donald Trump a white supremacist when she worked at ESPN – surprisingly came down on the side of common sense.

She called the critics of Clark’s deal sexist because they were just running to the head of a parade where they thought they could virtue signal on social media.

“I’m already annoyed by this conversation because for years, WNBA players have fought for more money,” Hill wrote. “And when they were outspoken, so many of y’all told them to shut up or reminded them how they had no value The NBA has had 50+ years of investment, media coverage, etc. After 27 years, the WNBA will not be the current NBA. So stop comparing them.”

“Weaponizing this information against WNBA players is another form of misogyny. These women have been dreaming of playing professionally in front of American audiences their whole lives,” Hill added.

The WNBA’s collective bargaining agreement provides for revenue sharing but only if the league reaches certain income thresholds.

It’s fallen short each year because not enough fans go to games or buy merchandise, a reality Hill was sure to point out.

“Instead of clowning and reminding them of what they’re not — buy the merchandise, go to the games, and watch the games on television,” Hill added.

“Very easy to criticize when most of y’all couldn’t get paid to compete at anything,” Hill concluded.

Women’s basketball players don’t make as much as men because their game doesn’t generate as much revenue.

The WNBA’s TV rights deal is up in 2026 and with Clark entering the league, media companies are sure to bid more to televise the games which will lead to an increase in player compensation.

But Biden and other leftists who demand higher pay for women athletes always seem to avoid the question of with what money.

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