canada africa partner reservation Caitlin Clark is speaking out about her boyfriend’s absence from her WNBA Games

Caitlin Clark is speaking out about her boyfriend’s absence from her WNBA Games

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Caitlin Clark opened up about why her boyfriend won’t attend her WNBA games during a reporters scrum on May 3 after an Indiana Fever practice.

“Will ‘bae’ be here?” a reporter asked Clark, per an X video from Chloe Peterson of Indy Star Sports.

“Bae” is an affectionate slang term used to address or refer to someone’s girlfriend, boyfriend or husband, according to Dictionary.com. It’s technically an acronym, which stands for “for someone else.”

That is, the reporter was referring to Clark’s friend, Connor McCaffrey.

Clark didn’t understand the question at first. So the reporter rephrased it by saying, “Will ‘bae’ be here?”

“Um, no, he’s working,” the No. 1 overall pick of the 2024 WNBA Draft responded.

Yes, I fly solo. I better get used to it, man,” she added with a smile. “These are the benefits, this is my job.”

So while we may not see McCaffrey at Fever games in the near future, it looks like Clark and her ‘bae’ are still going strong.


Who is Connor McCaffrey?

Like Clark, McCaffrey is a name that radiates basketball royalty at the University of Iowa.

Although not because of Connor.

Connor’s father Fran McCaffrey has been the head coach of Iowa men’s basketball since 2010. On Jan. 15, McCaffrey became the winningest coach in Iowa men’s basketball history, according to The Athletic.

McCaffrey currently has a 280-181 record as a coach at Iowa, and has a 531-368 career record over 28 seasons coaching four different teams.

Connor played for his father at Iowa for six years and was a starting guard for three seasons. He averaged 6.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in 32 appearances during the 2022-2023 season.

He also played one season of baseball at Iowa. In 2018-2019, he hit .238 with 1 home run and 5 RBIs across 84 at-bats.

After his playing career ended, Connor McCaffrey McCaffrey joined the Indiana Pacers coaching staff as a team assistant in May 2023.

“It’s a way to get in. It’s an entry-level job,” McCaffery of the Pacers job told ESPN. “You have to work hard and work yourself up. That’s obviously what I want to do.”

Perhaps it was divine intervention that Clark was drafted to the same city where McCaffrey now coaches.

But since McCaffrey’s Pacers team is still in the NBA Playoffs, he’s clearly been too busy to watch Clark live.

The Fever’s first home game is on May 9. The Pacers have an away game in New York on May 8. But they will then return to Indianapolis for a home game on May 10.

So maybe McCaffrey can take the evening of May 9 to watch his girlfriend’s home debut.


Clark was still cooking without McCaffrey watching

Her boyfriend’s absence didn’t stop Clark from making a dominant WNBA debut on May 3.

In the 28 minutes played against the Dallas Wings, Clark scored 21 points, including shooting 5 of 13 from three-point range.

One of Clark’s best moments in the game was when she scored her first career WNBA points with a deep three-pointer.

She also added an excellent pass to teammate Aliyah Boston in the fourth quarter.

Clark’s outstanding performance wasn’t enough to give Indiana the preseason win. Still, it did show doubts that her scores in college will translate to the WNBA.