- Reese did not play in the second half of a win 109-79 over Kent State on Tuesday
- Tweets from former teammate Alexis Morris hinted at Reese’s ‘attitude’ problem
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LSU women’s basketball star player Angel Reese did not play against Southeastern Louisiana University on Friday as drama continues to unfold within the team.
The defending champions got off to a rocky start by losing to No. 20 ranked Colorado in their opening game.
Despite winning every game since, Reese was benched for the second half in a win over Kent State on November 14 before being completely absent against SLU on Friday.
‘You want me to explain why?’ coach Kim Mulkey said of Reese’s absence post game.
‘It’s very obvious Angel is not in uniform, Angel is a part of this basketball team, we hope to see her sooner than later. That’s all you need to know.’
Angel Reese was not present during LSU’s 73-50 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Friday
Coach Kim Mulkey did not provide details about her decision to keep Reese on off the court
Accoridng to Outkick’s Glen Guilbeau, a source close to the team said Mulkey is benching Reese to try and adjust the junior’s ‘attitude’ problem.
While the report is not completely proven, a series of social media jabs between parents and from former teammates seem to support this claim.
The exchange began when Reese’s mom, Angel Webb Reese, posted a pointed message on her Instagram story.
‘Folks pls do not sent me long text messages with a bunch of grammatical errors it gives me a headache how do I know you said what you said if I can’t understand what you’re saying,’ she wrote.
The apparent target of the message was Kia Brooks, mother of Reese’s sophomore teammate Flau’jae Johnson. Brooks went on her own Instagram story to respond.
Reese’s mom posted a message on her Instagram story, apparently targeting Kia Brooks
Brooks, mother of sophomore Flau’jae Johnson, responded by calling Reese ‘fake and hateful’
‘You definitely know about grammar errors when your daughter got a 2.0 or less GPA,’ Brooks wrote. ‘In fact when you’re writing your smart message you didn’t capitalize nor did you use any periods.’
Brooks proceeded to call Reese’s mother petty, fake and hateful while telling her to take responsibility for her daughter’s actions.
Former LSU player and Connecticut Sun guard Alexis Morris also chimed in with a series of cryptic tweets on Thursday.
‘You can’t pay me to bash Kim [Mulkey],’ Morris wrote on one tweet.
‘Switched up to gang up on me. now yall fall-in out. don’t ever choose clout over loyalty free game. I showed real love not for marketing politics. but the realist always prevail,’ she wrote on another.
LSU have won their last four games after losing to No. 20 ranked Colorado on opening night
Reese rose to stardom after LSU’s run in the NCAA tournament and beating Iowa for the title
Reese’s stardom skyrocketed following LSU incredible run to the NCAA Championship in April.
During the offseason, Reese starred in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit spread, appeared in a Cardi B music video and became Rebook’s first signed athlete under Shaquille O’Neal.
Following the loss to Colorado, Mulkey commented about the lack of leadership in the team without naming names. But many believed her remarks were about the 2023 Most Outstanding Player.
‘I’m disappointed and surprised in some individual players that I thought would just be tougher and have a little fight and leadership about them,’ Mulkey said.
After pointing out the lack of intensity and physicality from the team, Mulkey said: ‘Those things I described are fixable. But I don’t know how long it’s going to take to fix it.’
LSU’s next game will be against Texas Southern on November 20. Whether or not Reese will be in uniform remains a question.