Pat McAfee Apologizes For Calling Caitlin Clark ‘White Bitch’ During Rant On ESPN

Pat McAfee Apologizes For Calling Caitlin Clark ‘White Bitch’ During Rant On ESPN

Pat McAfee has issued an apology following backlash over his use of a derogatory term during a passionate rant about WNBA coverage. During his show on Monday, McAfee referred to Caitlin Clark as a “white bitch” while defending the Iowa Hawkeyes superstar against claims that her race played a role in her popularity. McAfee’s comments came during a segment criticizing the narrative that the WNBA’s surge in popularity is solely due to the rookie class, which includes Clark, Cameron Brink, and Angel Reese.

McAfee emphasized Clark’s dominance in TV ratings, jersey sales, and attendance, dismissing the idea that her success is tied to her being white. He argued that other prominent WNBA players, such as Breanna Stewart, Sabrina Ionescu, and Kelsey Plum, are also Caucasian. McAfee’s intention was to highlight Clark’s talent and charisma on the court, but his choice of words sparked controversy.

Realizing the impact of his language, McAfee addressed the criticism on social media, stating that he shouldn’t have used the phrase and had personally apologized to Clark. He acknowledged that his intention was to compliment her, but many found the term inappropriate and offensive. McAfee expressed his respect for Clark and women in general, taking full responsibility for his mistake.

This incident is not the first time McAfee has stirred controversy on his show. Previously, he was involved in a public dispute between Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Kimmel, which led to ESPN addressing Rodgers’ appearances on the show. Despite the backlash, McAfee’s support for Clark’s achievements remains clear, as he continues to praise her exceptional skills and contributions to the sport.