LSU women’s basketball comes under scrutiny for missing national anthem before game vs Iowa


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LSU women’s basketball got here below fireplace on Monday night time after the crew didn’t come out for the nationwide anthem earlier than its regional remaining recreation towards the Iowa Hawkeyes.

A video from OutKick’s Dan Zaksheske confirmed Iowa gamers holding arms during the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” LSU had left the court docket proper earlier than the anthem was performed.

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Angel Reese of the LSU Woman Tigers high-fives Hailey Van Lith after a play towards the Iowa Hawkeyes throughout the Elite 8 spherical of the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event held at MVP Area on April 1, 2024, in Albany, New York. (Scott Taetsch/NCAA Pictures by way of Getty Photos)

Iowa received the sport 97-84 behind Caitlin Clark’s 41 factors.

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey was requested after the sport why the crew didn’t come out for the nationwide anthem. Mulkey chalked it as much as “routine.”

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“Truthfully, I do not even know when the anthem was performed,” Mulkey mentioned, via OutKick. “We form of have a routine when (our gamers are) on the ground, and so they come off on the 12-minute mark (previous to the sport).

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The LSU Tigers huddle earlier than the Elite 8 spherical of the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event on April 1, 2024, in Albany. (Andy Lyons/Getty Photos)

“I do not know, we are available and we do our pregame stuff. I am sorry, hear, that is nothing deliberately performed.”

The Comeback famous final 12 months that LSU wasn’t on the ground for the nationwide anthem earlier than they performed Iowa for the nationwide championship. It sparked controversy on social media as properly.

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Kim Mulkey of the LSU Woman Tigers watches throughout the Iowa Hawkeyes recreation at MVP Area on April 1, 2024, in Albany. (Scott Taetsch/NCAA Pictures by way of Getty Photos)

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The Tigers had been the defending nationwide champions and had the sport tied on the half earlier than Clark got here alive within the third quarter. Clark hit 9 3-pointers on her solution to an incredible recreation.

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