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NFL great Shannon Sharpe scolds LSU’s Kim Mulkey after South Carolina fight: ‘You’ve got to be better’

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LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey was put under the scrutiny of Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe after a skirmish during the SEC Tournament championship game against South Carolina.

Sharpe took issue with Mulkey, pointing out the height difference between the two players and saying he wished South Carolina star Camila Cardoso had pushed Tigers forward Angel Reese instead of Frauge Johnson.


LSU coach Kim Mulkey during the first quarter of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Sunday, March 10, 2024 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Ken Ruinard/Staff/USA TODAY NETWORK)

“It’s ugly, it’s not good, and no one wants to be associated with that,” Mulkey said via ESPN. “But I’ll tell you this: I wish (Cardoso) would have pushed Angel Reese. If you’re six to eight, don’t push someone that far. In my opinion, it was unnecessary. Leave it to those two girls.” The jaws were cracking. Leave it to them. ”

Sharpe disputed that on ESPN’s “First Take.” He said University of South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was being classy in trying to downplay an incident involving one of her players and accused Mulkey of trying to hype the incident. .

“I’m not saying that in a literal sense, I’m saying that figuratively. ‘Oh, we’re going to fight. We’re going to fight them tooth and nail. We’re going to scratch and scratch. Don’t give them anything and don’t allow them to take anything away from you,” Sharp explained. “But what Kim Mulkey didn’t say was, “When emotions are high, logic can be low.” And that’s not what women’s college basketball is all about, especially this year’s women’s game, which is getting some love and support thanks to people like Caitlin Clark, JuJu Watkins and several others at USC. ” But to take the stance of “I wish Cardoso had pushed Angel Rees.” … Really?

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Shannon Sharpe speaks on SiriusXM at Super Bowl LVIII on February 7, 2024 in Las Vegas. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images, SiriusXM)

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“Is that what you want? You want to see a fight? You want the women’s game to be marred by a fight? Really? Come on, Kim Mulkey. You better “And we have to start doing something.” “It would be more appropriate to hold Kim Mulkey accountable and to hold her accountable for some of her comments. We missed that because she’s a champion. I reject that. I think she was wrong in this and Dawn Staley showed the utmost integrity and respect.” For the sake of the team and the opposing team. ”

Staley apologized for the scuffle in an interview with ESPN after the game.


Dawn Staley cuts the net

South Carolina head coach Dawn celebrates cutting the net after a win against LSU in the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference women’s tournament finals on Sunday, March 10, 2024 in Greenville, South Carolina.・Staley. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

“You know, when you play in a championship game like this in our league, things get heated,” she said after the game. “There is no malicious intent. Sometimes things like this happen because their emotions get ahead of them. We would like to apologize for contributing to that.”

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