Joy Taylor Comes to Angel Reese's Defense
Joy Taylor and Angel Reese (Instagram/Getty)

Joy Taylor Comes to Angel Reese’s Defense [Video]

Over 12 million people tuned in Monday night to watch Angel Reese and the LSU Tigers take on Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Both ladies were tremendous in the game. Iowa came out on top behind Clark’s 41 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds. Reese finished with 17 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocks.

This season was predicated on LSU winning the national championship last year, and Caitlyn hoped to get her revenge. At the end of last year’s championship game, Reese pointed to a ring finger as Clark walked off the court. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a confident basketball player celebrating towards the end of the game. However, after this, it seems that the media began unfairly portraying Angel Reese as a villain.

FS1’s Joy Taylor spoke about Reese operating as a regular athlete, and it seems as if anything she did was taken out of context and blown out of proportion.

Reese mentioned that she hadn’t been happy throughout the season following their loss to the Hawkeyes.

So much noise and distractions ruined a year that was supposed to be celebratory and encouraging for a young lady still learning to navigate the world. Who’s fault is this? Joy believes it’s the media’s job not to paint Reese as something she’s not for clickbait.

“I’ll say this I really enjoy Villans, I like Villans, I like Villans more than most,” Taylor told her co-hosts Emanuel Acho and LeSean McCoy.

“But where and why is she a Villan? Because of what she does on the court? Who made her the villain? Because someone made her the villain and it wasn’t her. She was being herself and bragging the same way all athletes do when they win. When they hit a big shot… I’ve seen it a million times. But we don’t talk about them the way we talk about Angel Reese.”

Joy is 100% correct; a different standard is what the Lady Tigers are constantly held to, and it can wear you down mentally, emotionally, and physically. Reese had never done anything malicious or out of character that would result in her being chastised by the media. She just did her job and kept getting better, and the media has to find a balance between opinions and facts often.

Check out Joy’s video below.

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