Gregg Doyel should have threatened to quit IndyStar amid Caitlin Clark punishment, longtime columnist says


After a somewhat creepy encounter with Caitlin Clark, the IndyStar suspended Gregg Doyel for 2 weeks and dominated he wouldn’t be allowed to cowl the Indiana Fever.

Doyel took loads of warmth on social media for his weird interplay with the now WNBA star. Earlier than he requested her a query at her welcoming press convention, Doyel fashioned a coronary heart image together with his arms for Clark.

Clark requested Doyel whether or not he favored that, and he responded, “I like that you just’re right here.” 

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Caitlin Clark and Gregg Doyel photograph. (Getty Pictures/IMAGN)

Clark stated she makes the gesture along with her arms to her household “after each sport.”

“Begin doing it to me, and we’ll get alongside,” Doyel responded.

Whereas speaking to Christie Sides, the Fever’s head coach, he referred to Clark as “that” and “it.”

Doyel later apologized, saying his actions have been “clumsy and awkward.”

Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote shared an analogous sentiment: “What he did was cringeworthy. It was sexist. It was creepy. It was juvenile. He deserved to be suspended for a few weeks,” he stated on “The Dan LeBatard Show” on Tuesday.

Caitlin Clark warms up

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever warms up previous to a sport towards the Connecticut Solar  at Mohegan Solar Area on Might 14, 2024 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Elsa/Getty Pictures)

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Nonetheless, he says the outlet’s determination to take him off the WNBA beat was too harsh.

“I don’t consider what he did was a journalistic felony. I consider it was a dumb misdemeanor. However it’s a felonious penalty once you inform the lead columnist in a metropolis welcoming its new large star that he can’t write about her indefinitely. I wouldn’t stand for that. 

“If the ‘Miami Herald’ tried to inform me that and the function was reversed, I might use no matter leverage I needed to say, ‘That’s not standing with me.’ It’s worthwhile to threaten to give up. It’s worthwhile to make a large number of this if you might want to.”

“They will’t inform me what I can cowl and what I can’t cowl as a result of I misspoke at an introductory press convention.”

Gregg Doyel photo

Gregg Doyel, IndyStar sports activities columnist. (Robert Scheer/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK)

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Clark made her WNBA debut on Tuesday evening in Connecticut towards the Solar. The previous Iowa Hawkeyes’ star led the group with 20 factors however was 5 of 15 from the sector in Indiana’s 92-71 loss. 

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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