Reporter Apologizes For Creepy Comments To Caitlin Clark During Indiana Fever Press Conference

Caitlin Clark
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Probably not how she expected her first day in Indy to go…

Caitlin Clark was in Indianapolis yesterday for her introductory press conference after being drafted with the #1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever.

But things got awkward when IndyStar reporter Gregg Doyel opened his question by making a heart with his hands, a gesture that Clark did many times during her playing days at Iowa.

Caitlin handled it well, smiling and asking if he’s a fan of the heart sign.

Doyel creepily responded:

“I like that you’re here. I like that you’re here.”

Very awkward.

Clark tried to break up the nervous laughter in the room by responding with:

“Yeah. I do that at my family after every game. So, it’s pretty cool.”

Textbook answer, and great job of deflecting by Clark. It’s as if she’s already a veteran in the league, at least with how she handles the media. But ol’ Gregg Doyel doubled down and cranked the cringe up to MAX when he fired back:

“Start doing it to me and we’ll get along just fine.”


Clark was clearly uncomfortable at the exchange, and social media immediately began roasting Doyel for his cringey remarks, which prompted the columnist to take to social media to offer up an apology of sorts for the bizarre comments:

He then followed it up with an article (while many bashed him for trying to get clicks with an apology), saying that he realized that he was “part of the problem.” (Kinda feels like you were the whole problem yesterday).

“This is where I was, convinced I was harmless and right, when a woman I deeply respect told me, “But Caitlin Clark is a young woman, and you don’t talk to a young woman the same as you would a young man.”

And my heart dropped. Because now I saw it: After years of being so sure I was on the right side of these arguments, I was now on the wrong side, and for the oldest reason known to man and woman:


But social media wasn’t so quick to forgive, pointing out it’s not the first time Doyel has made some creepy comments:

And others were upset that he put his apology behind a link that his paper could monetize:

Still others pointed out that the apology article seemed to miss the mark:

Not a great look. But props to Caitlin for handling it all like a pro (which, well, she is now).

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock