Caitlin Clark dribbles the ball

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark takes the ball up court against the Chicago Sky on June 1, 2024, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. (Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Clark’s adaptation to the WNBA has been the subject of numerous sports talk shows, but ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show” took it to a different level on Monday morning. The former NFL kicker and his crew made a complete slideshow about what they think of detractors of Clark who say she’s only a celebrity because she is a White female in the game.

“I would like the media people that continue to emphasize, ‘This rookie class, this rookie class, this rookie class.’ Nah, just call it for what it is — there’s one White b—- for the Indiana club that is a superstar,” added McAfee, who has had Clark on his show and has been seen at Fever games given his reputation in Indiana

“Is it because she stayed in Iowa and put an entire state on her back? Took a program from nothing to a multiple-year success story? Is it because she would go on to break the whole points record in the history of the NCAA? Not just the women’s record by Kelsey Plum – shout out – but also ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich’s. The dude’s recordings as well. Is there a chance that people just enjoy watching her play basketball because of how electrifying she is? What she stood for, how she went about going what she went for? Maybe.


“But instead, we have to hear others claim we just like her because she’s White. And she’s only popular because the rest of the rookie class is doing what they’re doing. That’s a load of bulls—, and we think the WNBA, more specifically their refs, need to quit attempting to screw her over at every single turn. What you have is somebody extraordinary, and we’re happy she’s here in Indiana.”

McAfee also referred to Clark as a “cash cow” for the WNBA, though he doesn’t think the rest of the league needs to act differently with her when it’s time to play.

“Athletes are going to do what athletes are going to do in any sport,” he remarked. “I believe we’re all discovering that the WNBA… that’s old-school football. That is old-school football.”

Pat McAfee runs his show

Pat McAfee chats at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center before of Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 8, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Candice Ward/Getty Images)

McAfee is addressing Carter’s hip-check on Clark during Saturday’s game, which was eventually escalated by the WNBA to a flagrant-1 penalty instead of a common foul. Both players were jawing at one another before the altercation, and Clark hit the deck when Carter shamelessly ran into her after making a bucket.

Carter went on to insinuate Clark flopped, while also blasting her on social media, stating aside three-point shooting she doesn’t offer anything to the table.

Clark took the high road when asked about the incident, and she’s continually emphasized she doesn’t want teammates to treat her any differently on the floor than they would veterans in the league.

However, Fever GM Lin Dunn was frank with her assessment on what transpired over the weekend.

“There’s a difference between tough defense and unnecessary – targeting actions!” Dunn wrote in a post on X. “It needs to end! The league needs to ‘cleanup’ (sic) the c—! That’s NOT who this league is!!”

Caitlin Clark and Pat McAfee side by side

Pat McAfee launched his Monday show with a feature about Caitlin Clark, and how the WNBA has a “cash cow” because to her superstardom. (Getty Images)

Clark had her poorest game of her early career on Sunday at Barclays Center, shooting only 1-of-10 for three points.