LSU women’s basketball standout Angel Reese is well-acquainted with being at the center of controversies related to celebrations or taunts.
This week, Reese pointed out what she sees as a double standard in Barstool Sports’ coverage of celebrations involving Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant and Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, who is white.
Both Morant and Ewers performed a similar dance in games over the past week, but Barstool Sports presented their actions differently on social media.
When Morant executed a spectacular dunk in New Orleans, contributing to a victory against the Pelicans on the day after Christmas, Barstool Sports posted a video of Morant dancing with the caption, “Ja spraying imaginary bullets into section 113 after slam.”
In contrast, during the Sugar Bowl on Monday night, Ewers used the same dance to celebrate a touchdown in Texas’ 37-31 loss to Washington in New Orleans. Barstool tweeted a video of Ewers dancing with the comment, “Quinn Ewers is having fun.”
Reese took to social media to criticize the apparent inconsistency, stating, “Lol I’ve seen this before.”
Referencing her own experience, Reese highlighted the disparate treatment she received compared to Iowa’s Caitlin Clark during the 2023 March Madness tournament. Clark celebrated with taunts aimed at other players, and when Reese did the same, she faced criticism. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy even posted and later deleted a message calling Reese a “classless piece of sh*t” for taunting Clark.
It’s evident that Ja has a track record of celebrating with references to firearms, and that crucial context is overlooked in this situation.