Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark has condemned the use of her name to push racist and sexist agendas. In a recent interview, she stated, “People should not be using my name to push those agendas. It’s disappointing. It’s not acceptable.” Clark emphasized that every player in the WNBA deserves equal respect, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Her comments follow incidents where her name was misused to perpetuate bigotry, with some claiming she faces backlash because she is white and straight. Clark rejected this narrative, affirming that she is not a victim and advocating for respect for all league players.

The WNBA, known for its diverse group of players, including many who identify as Black, LGBTQ+, and women, has supported Clark’s stance. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert stated that the league will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.

Clark’s decision to speak out has garnered support from fans and fellow players, making her a significant voice against bigotry in sports. Caitlin Clark has brought more attention to the WNBA, leading to sold-out stadiums and numerous endorsement deals, including with Nike. She has the potential to become one of the most famous female professional basketball players ever. Despite possible envy from some players, her success could attract more female basketball players to the league. The WNBA needs to pay much more attention to this growing audience and the opportunities it brings.