Amid Angel Reese’s absence from LSU basketball, head coach Kim Mulkey likened the situation to “disciplining your own children.”
The star senior has missed the No. 7 Tigers’ last two games, and Mulkey has offered few details on Reese’s status, which has contributed to rampant social media speculation. But she has stressed that her silence is to protect her players.
“I’m going to protect my players,” Mulkey told reporters Monday. “Always. They are more important. It’s like a family.”
Yet questions about Reese’s absence continue to persist. And the way that Mulkey continues to characterize her absence may be feeding into the social media flames.
On Monday, Mulkey alluded to her absence being about “locker room issues.” And getting lost in the questions surrounding Reese’s absence is the fact that Kateri Poole has also been absent from the team.
“You always have to deal with locker room issues,” Mulkey said Monday. “That’s just part of coaching. In 40 years, I can never think of a time where I didn’t have to deal with issues. That’s what coaches do. Sometimes y’all know about it and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you want to know more than you’re entitled to know.
“I’m going to protect my players, always. They are more important. It’s like a family. If you do some disciplining of your own children, do you think we’re entitled to know that? That’s a family in that locker room.”