Questions arise as Angel Reese's absence from LSU Women's Basketball creates drama.

LSU women's hoops team embroiled in off-court drama as absence of Angel Reese sparks questions.

November 20th 2023.

Questions arise as Angel Reese's absence from LSU Women's Basketball creates drama.
The LSU women's basketball team is dealing with off-court drama as the absence of Angel Reese has sparked controversy. Recent online exchanges between the parents of Angel Reese and Flau'jae Johnson have only added to the tension.

It all started when a post calling out Reese's academic performance was posted online, which set off a heated debate amongst the parents. The post read, "You definitely know about grammar errors when your daughter got a 2.0 or less GPA."

This situation caused two LSU alumnae, Alexis Morris and Jasmine Carson, to become involved in the saga. Morris voiced her apprehension, saying, "The team better not be falling apart without her," and alluding that she felt targeted. Carson also issued a warning, "Y'all better hope I don't say nothing," leaving room for speculation.

Reese was not present during LSU's road trip to Southeastern Louisiana, a game in which the Tigers won 73-50. Head coach Kim Mulkey refused to provide any details about Reese's absence.

The defending national champions have had a rocky start to the season, losing their opener to then-No. 20 Colorado. Despite securing wins against Queens, Mississippi Valley State, Kent State, and Southeastern Louisiana, the team's cohesion has been affected by the internal strife.

Mulkey's decision to bench Reese for the entire second half against Kent State, and her subsequent absence from the team sheet days later, has left a lot of questions unanswered. Mulkey said, "Angel is a part of this basketball team, and we hope to see her sooner than later," which has left fans unsure of Reese's future in the lineup.

As the Tigers prepare for their six-game homestand, including a matchup against No. 9 Virginia Tech, the drama surrounding Reese's absence continues to unfold. It will be interesting to see how the team deals with the off-court issues and if they can remain focused on the court.

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