LSU Women’s Basketball Team Under Scrutiny at Start of Title Defense
LSU star forward Angel Reese is missing in action without explanation, and this is attracting unwanted scrutiny at the start of the seventh-ranked Tigers’ national title defense. Recent drama revolving around Reese’s absence and critical comments by some players’ parents on social media began after LSU’s surprising season-opening loss. There is no clear explanation regarding Reese’s absence from coach Kim Mulkey, and LSU’s reticence has presented public relations challenges for the program.
The specific reasons for Reese’s absence are unknown, with LSU program spokesman Grant Kauvar stating that it is uncertain when Reese might return. There are social media comments made by the mother of sophomore guard Flau’Jae Johnson, Kia Brooks, about Reese’s academic performance. Despite this controversy, Coach Mulkey has not commented on the parents’ posts.
Reese, who has nearly 378,000 followers on social media, recently posted, “Please don’t believe everything you read.” Contrary to media speculation, it is highly unlikely that Reese’s absence is related to academic eligibility or compliance issues.
Despite the ongoing speculation, LSU remains focused on its upcoming games, hoping to see Reese back in action soon. With high-profile transfers and a strong roster, LSU is poised for a successful season. However, Reese’s absence and the public relations challenges have cast a shadow over the Tigers’ national title defense.