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Fans Miss Sarcasm in Caitlin Clark Joke


An Iowa writer is under fire for his joke about Caitlin Clark after her WNBA debut, but he made it clear he wasn’t dissing Clark — it was sarcasm.

Writer David Eickholt wrote on X, from Clark: “Her shot mechanism sucks.” He shared a video posted by the Indiana Fever of Clark of him making a three-point shot. The Fever’s video caption read: “Caitlin Clark shakes off the defender and buries her fourth three of the half 😮‍💨”

The message was viewed 1.4 million times and it generated enthusiasm a round of criticism before people realized he was joking and actually defended Clark with sarcasm.

According to The Spun, Eickholt was actually criticizing another writer, Doug Gottlieb, who had previously been critical of Clark.

The host of Fox Sports Radio had posted on X, “The amount of work it takes to be consistent through her mechanical error is really impressive. If you were to advise her, would you resolve it in the off-season? @HoopConsultants.” And he was serious.

Eickholt’s X-profile reads: “The Iowa Hawkeye Insider for @247Sports and @CBSSports || Host of #Swarmcast.”

The writer made it clear that his message was sarcasm. “Oh my god, people are really taking this seriously,” he wrote in the replies under the post after it went viral.

“Homey missed the joke,” another person agreed with X, referring to a critic of the post. “A lot of them did that?” Eickholt wrote. “Should we research some rando before we answer?” another person laughed.

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Some fans missed David Eickholt’s sarcasm and criticized him in the X Post replies

In the comments, some people took the joke seriously and were critical. “*breaks every D-1 scoring record* but hey, her shot form sucks, huh?” wrote one.

“The closest I’ve been to a WNBA game is walking through a casino in Las Vegas with my wife on vacation. The haters seem determined to keep the WNBA an afterthought. Here you have all these new people looking their way, and still you spit,” wrote another.

“Don’t think it’s smart to say something like that when she made the basket 😂🤣 it was just a thought,” another fan wrote.

Eickholt shared some of the negative tweets he received in response, including: “She’s confused, and you’re wasting your energy putting her down. Mannn, who hurt you? Empowering goes so much further than negativity.”

He answered, “It’s very clear who has come across my tweets and who hasn’t. These comments have me rolling 😂😂”

Others wrote that Eickholt should have done more to clarify that his post was sarcasm. “Use quotes or emojis or something. There are ways to indicate sarcasm,” wrote another X user who shared Eickholt. Eickholt responded“Or you could see that I covered her high school and college career for a living. Not so hard.”

David Eickholt has also written positively about Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut, saying she “shined”

Despite the comment, Eickholt also posted positively about Clark on X. “Former Hawkeye Caitlin Clark shined in her WNBA debut, finishing with 21 points and demonstrating her range. Despite the loss, there are plenty of reasons for optimism in Indianapolis.” he wrote after the joke.

Eickholt’s post linked to an article he wrote about Clark’s debut for 247Sports. “One of the most highly anticipated debuts in the history of women’s sports took place on Friday evening when Iowa native Caitlin Clark took the floor for her Indiana Fever. Clark, who has been the biggest reason for the growth of women’s basketball, shined in her opening game,” says his story for “Hawkeye Insider.”

Another person defended Eickholt, to write, “I don’t think the majority of the country outside of Iowa knows you’re an iowa fan lol. It was an honest mistake on his part.”

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