Internet InfoMedia caitlin clark at center of another awkward question before wnba preseason debut

Caitlin Clark began her professional basketball career with an awkward exchange at an Indiana Fever press conference, and before her first preseason game, it seemed to have happened again.

Clark was talking to reporters before her game against the Dallas Wings when she was asked if “bae” was going to be at the game.

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Caitlin Clark hands on knees

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Indiana Fever, takes a breath while playing the Dallas Wings during a pre-season game at College Park Center on May 3, 2024 in Arlington, Texas. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“No, he’s working,” Clark said as the rest of the group chuckled. “I’m playing solo. I better get used to it, man. I’m a pro. It’s my job.”

“Bae” is synonymous with a significant other or boyfriend/girlfriend. Clark is dating former Iowa men’s basketball player Connor McCaffrey. The two recently celebrated their one-year dating anniversary.

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The Fever star then scored 21 points in a 79-76 preseason loss.

“My biggest goal coming into tonight was to continue to be myself, have fun playing basketball, be aggressive – I thought that’s what I did. So, I think [I have] a lot to be proud of,” Clark told reporters after the game. 

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Caitlin Clark celebrates

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark reacts after making a basket during the first half of an WNBA basketball game against the Dallas Wings in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, May 3, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The pregame interaction came weeks after Clark had a strange interaction with Indy Star columnist Gregg Doyel. Before asking her a question, he formed a heart with his hands.

Clark asked Doyel whether he liked that, and he responded, “I like that you’re here.” 

Clark said she makes the gesture with her hands to her family “after every game.”

“Start doing it to me, and we’ll get along,” Doyel responded.

He later apologized for his role in the odd moment.

Caitlin Clark looks on

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Indiana Fever, looks on while playing the Dallas Wings during a pre-season game at College Park Center on May 3, 2024 in Arlington, Texas. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Next up for Clark and the Fever will be the Atlanta Dream on Friday. The team then opens the season on the road on May 14 against the Connecticut Sun.

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