Maybe Caitlin Clark Is Not “Flopping”

By | July 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

To all the internet sports “experts” who accuse Caitlin Clark of “flopping” – that is, falling down from a minimal or nonexistent hit – remember how you ridiculed her for grabbing her ear after you claimed that the opponent’s elbow failed to make contact? Well, it did make contact. She now reveals her eardrum was ruptured, and as a result she has diminished hearing on that side.

Look at this photo. You don’t have to be a graduate of Harvard Medical School to see blood in her left ear canal. You don’t have to be an Army medic or a Navy corpsman to know that probably means a ruptured eardrum, and possibly also a traumatic brain injury. Perhaps I missed it, but I didn’t see Caitlin undergoing a quick concussion protocol on the bench.

Yes, I know some people resent Caitlin Clark. But if she continues to be hit on the head and decked on a hardwood floor, I don’t need prophetic powers to predict that her basketball career will end before age 30, just as Ronda Rousey’s MMA career ended at age 29.

True, Ronda had two rough knockouts. But she revealed that she had previously suffered several concussions during her judo career. Note that judo involves no hitting. The concussions apparently came from being thrown onto a mat. Could being thrown onto a hardwood floor do the same? Could repeatedly being hit on the head, in at least one case hard enough to rupture an eardrum, lead to CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)? We will see, perhaps sooner than we expect.

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