What's the latest with LSU basketball star Angel Reese?
The GIST: Reigning champion No. 7 LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese missed her second straight game on Monday, further fueling off-court rumors surrounding the Tigers, which their polarizing head coach Kim Mulkey has done little to dispel.
The timeline: On November 14th, Reese was benched in the second half of LSU’s 109–79 win over Kent State, which Mulkey called a “coach’s decision.” The 2023 Final Four Most Outstanding Player didn’t travel with the team to their Friday win against Southeastern Louisiana and remained absent from the Tigers’ 106–47 Monday home dub over Texas Southern.
What they’re saying: Not much. Reese has been near-silent, only tweeting out “please don’t believe everything you read” on Sunday. As for Mulkey (who notably has a history of callous statements), she said Friday that “Angel is a part of this basketball team and we hope to see her sooner rather than later,” before quashing further questioning on Monday. Here’s hoping Reese has the support she needs.