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Charles Barkley Urges Women To ‘Stop Being Petty’ About Caitlin Clark

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 14: Charles Barkley attends HBO Premiere For Four-Part Documentary "SHAQ" at Illuminarium on November 14, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for HBO)

Caitlin Clark is carrying women’s basketball and the WNBA to new heights. That said, Charles Barkley does not like how her colleagues hate the 2024 first-overall pick.

The Inside the NBA host shared his two cents on the situation at the tip-off before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

You women out there, y’all petty, man. Hey, LeBron, you are a 100 percent right about these girls hating on Caitlin Clark. Y’all petty, girls. I expect men to be petty because we are the most insecure group in the world.

Y’all should start thanking that girl for getting y’all ass private charters, all the money and visibility she brings into the WNBA. Don’t be petty like dudes! Listen, what she’s accomplished, give her her flowers! Stop being petty, all you women out there. She got y’all ass charters! 

She bringing y’all all this money to the table, but y’all being petty like dudes… Y’all girls, stop being petty! Caitlin Clark, thank you for bringing all that money and shine to the WNBA.

Charles Barkley on women and WNBA players hating Caitlin Clark via NBA on TNT

As Barkley, not everyone is ready to give Clark her flowers. For instance, The View host Sunny Austin said her popularity is mainly due to being white and good-looking. In addition, fellow host Whoopi Goldberg pulled the race card again and compared Clark to Brittney Griner.

For a comprehensive breakdown of the numbers Clark brought the WNBA, Emmanuel Acho brilliantly did it here:

It’s unclear why most famous women chose not to support Clark. Many, like Austin and Goldberg, bring up race every chance they get. Many others, men primarily, are obviously aware of what she could bring to the table. 

For example, Ice Cube reportedly offered the Indiana Fever guard $15 million to play in the Big3. Nike swooped in and signed Clark to a shoe deal worth around $28 million.