WNBA preseason is rough. With a hard cap of 144 roster spots available, it's incredibly hard for rookies to secure a spot in the league. This year, just 15 of the 36 players selected in April's draft made an opening-day roster Furthermore, several high draft picks from recent years were also released.
Among those cut was Alexis Morris, who was taken at #22 by the Connecticut Sun. Morris played for four college teams between 2017 and 2022. However, she is best remembered for the two seasons she played at LSU. Furthermore, she ended her college career with a National Championship. But Morris' reaction to her cutting earned her backlash.
In now-deleted tweets, Morris put WNBA veterans on blast after being cut by the Sun. "The vets gotta know when to cut the net, and pass the torch bro," she wrote. "If you knocking at 35, hang it up and I mean WIRED HANGER 'Hang it up," Morris wrote. However, her comments earned her swift and fierce backlash from players across the league. "Don't speak on someone else to make yourself feel better," longtime veteran Kayla McBride wrote. "We all got stories. Just go write yours. As a whole the WNBA (is) fighting for respect and each of our stories look different. And should be respected," she wrote. Furthermore, she added, "Respect the grind. Respect those around you. It'll get you a long, long way."
Morris has now apologized for her comments. "To the veterans of the WNBA, please accept my sincerest apologies. I never thought joining the W family would be easy, but now I understand just how hard it is to do that. My energy would have been better served directed toward league executives who have a say in expansion and other logistics. I look forward to celebrating your individual and collective careers and giving you all the flowers you deserve." She continued, "I hope you can empathize and find it in your hearts to forgive me. I will continue to work hard in hopes of joining you all one day soon." Additionally, Morris apologized to the fans. Furthermore, follow all the latest sports news here at HotNewHipHop.