Angel Reese gives classy response to being benched by LSU women's basketball

LSU women's basketball star Angel Reese refrained from making a negative public response to head coach Kim Mulkey benching her in the second half of a win over Kent State on Tuesday.

Instead, Reese shared a social media post hyping up freshman teammate Mikayla Williams after Williams scored 42 points. Much of the first-year guard's scoring came with Reese sitting on the sideline.

After limiting Reese to 14 minutes, Mulkey stoked speculation of a rift by calling it a "coach's decision" and suggesting there was an unflattering reason behind her decision.

Reese has been a polarizing figure in college basketball since last season's NCAA Tournament when she celebrated mockingly in front of Iowa star Caitlin Clark.

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Some have slammed her attitude, while others have praised her for adding excitement to the sport. The 21-year-old claimed her NCAA Tournament antics represented her desire to be herself.

All year, I was critiqued about who I was," Reese said. "I don't fit the narrative. I don't fit in a box that y'all want me to be in. I'm too hood. I'm too ghetto. Y'all told me that all year.

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