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Aces’ Sydney Colson embraces ‘villain era’ after WNBA Finals

Sydney Colson and Kierstan Bell celebrate the Las Vegas Aces' 2023 WNBA title. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sydney Colson isn’t usually a trash-talker, she says. But she is leaning into the persona after the Las Vegas Aces’ 2023 WNBA title win over the New York Liberty.

The 34-year-old guard continued post-WNBA Finals run Thursday with an appearance on “The Daily Show,” in which she discussed her viral mimicking of Sabrina Ionescu’s “night night” celebration but also the impact of the championship series as a whole.

“It’s incredible. I think about when I came in the league in 2011 and what it looked like then versus what these arenas will look like today and how many times we’ll see players on commercials, on TV shows, on just a variety of things,” she said. “It wasn’t anything I ever expected to see in my time that I was playing.

“But especially as a young Black player, to see women that look like me doing it and killing it, I was like, I just got to keep working.”

And while she had some choice words for the doubters after of the Aces’ series-clinching win, what host Desus Nice described as her “villain era” wasn’t planned. But she’s embracing it.

“I didn’t even know I would be in it,” she said. “I’m trolling people at this point online because I don’t care. They’re like, ‘You only had 2 points. She’s got 2 points, how is she on ‘The Daily Show’?”

As for the newfound rivalry between the Aces and the Liberty? For Colson, it’s based out of respect for one another.

“It’s like when you got a sibling or you got cousins you grew up with,” she said. “You rag on each other. You joke on each other, but you love them.”