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Angel Reese Reveals Unhappiness And Death Threats Post-2023 Championship Win

Apr 1, 2024; Albany, NY, USA; LSU Lady Tigers forward Angel Reese (10) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the finals of the Albany Regional in the 2024 NCAA Tournament at MVP Arena. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Angel Reese reveals the darker side of playing basketball in the public sphere. It turns out the LSU Tigers player didn’t have a happily-ever-after ending after winning the 2023 NCAA championships against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

People Sent Angel Reese Death Threats And More

The 21-year-old forward opened up after they lost their rematch against Iowa last night. While the Hawkeyes proceed to the quarter-finals for NCAA 2024, Reese opens up about how her life worsened after winning the championship last year.

ClutchPoints posted a post-game press conference where the young Tigers forward received death threats from people. Furthermore, it’s not the only negativity she’s received, as some fans have threatened and sexualized her. This was only exacerbated with the Tigers’ win last year.

Selflessly, she tried to hide the issues away from her team to not cause any issues.

“I’ve been attacked so many times. Death threats, I’ve been sexualized, I’ve been threatened, I’ve been so many things and I’ve stood strong. I just try to stand strong for my teammates because I don’t want them to see me down and not be there for them.”

Angel Reese

Meanwhile, she asks fans and people to treat her and other players better. After all, they’re all still humans. Even Kevin Durant talked about this issue after Dallas Mavericks fans trash-talked him.

Apr 1, 2024; Albany, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) fights for control against LSU Lady Tigers forward Angel Reese (10) in the fourth quarter in the finals of the Albany Regional in the 2024 NCAA Tournament at MVP Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Despite that, she doesn’t regret the momentous occasion of winning the championship. Contrastingly, she finds herself more encouraged and empowered to continue being a role model for young women looking to be who they are—especially those looking to follow in her footsteps to be a basketball player.

“I’m still human, all this has happened since I’ve won the national championships. And I said the other day, ‘I haven’t been happy since then and this sucks, but I still wouldn’t change anything. I’m unapologetically me.’ Hopefully, the little girls that look up to me I give them some type of inspiration.”

Angel Reese

Internet Users Prove Her Point Right

Disappointingly, in the comments of the same video, some users point out that the sexualization is her fault.

Additionally, another user comments about how she opened herself up to the male gaze by modeling.

Sadly, her take divides the community, with many pointing out how “she deserves it.” Meanwhile, others are questioning if she’d bring this up if they won instead of Iowa.

Apparently, it’s her masking her disappointing performance. However, she had quite the outing with 17 points, 20 rebounds, and four assists.