LSU women’s basketball standout Angel Reese was absent from her team’s recent game, following a suspicious benching in the second half of a prior victory. Head coach Kim Mulkey has remained tight-lipped about the situation, fueling rumors on social media regarding the possible reasons for Reese’s absence.
In response, Reese shared a motivational message from Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders on her Instagram Story. The video, taken from an August press conference, featured Sanders expressing his resilience and confidence in the face of others’ opinions.
“Look at me,” Sanders asserted in the video. “What about me would make you think that I care about your opinion of me. Your opinion of me is not the opinion that I have of myself. You ain’t make me so you can’t break me. You didn’t build me so you can’t kill me. You know what, God established me, so there ain’t nothing you can do to me.”
He continued, “I’ve been him. I’ve been a difference-maker, a game changer. I’ve been that guy. So what would change? Not a darn thing. I’m not even playing the game, and you’ve got an opinion of me. I love it but I don’t care, and I wish the world thought like that.”
In an effort to address the growing speculation on social media, Reese has actively used her own social media platforms.
LSU is scheduled to return to the court on Monday night, and it remains to be seen if Reese will be in the lineup. The hope is for a smoother focus on basketball without the added drama.