Former NBA player Matt Barnes criticized Caitlin Clark’s Indiana Fever teammates for not defending her during a game against the Sky. Clark was hip-checked to the ground by Sky guard Chennedy Carter, drawing a foul. In an Instagram post, Barnes questioned the lack of support from Clark’s teammates.

“I mean, throughout the season, she’s been getting beat up. Hard screens, elbows, knocked down,” Barnes said. “It is what it is; she’s not the first, she won’t be the last. My issue and my question is, Where the f–k are her teammates at? Where y’all at? Where are the rest of the Indiana Fever at?

Barnes emphasized that protecting star players is crucial for a team, citing his own experiences with protecting stars like Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul during his 14-season NBA career.


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“You guys are supposed to be a family,” Barnes continued. “And you wonder why you sit at the bottom of the league right now, it’s because y’all don’t protect each other, man. Coach don’t do s–t about it, players don’t do s–t about it. Y’all should be ashamed of it.”

Barnes stressed that the league will continue to test Clark, and it’s up to her teammates to support her.

Clark, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, called the play “just not a basketball play.” Fever general manager Lin Dunn criticized the foul in a post on X, demanding the league clean up unnecessary targeting actions.