LSU survives second-round March Madness scare just a day after Kim Mulkey threatened to sue the Washington Post

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Lady Tigers star Angel Reese had another double double: 20 pts and 11 rebounds
  • Mulkey, 61, is a four-time NCAA Tournament champion with Baylor and LSU 
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LSU women’s basketball team survived a second-round, March Madness scare, just a day after head coach Kim Mulkey threatened to sue the Washington Post over a ‘hit piece’ in an incredible tirade.

The Lady Tigers’ star Angel Reese showed up, once again, to bail her teammates out of trouble after they were trailing, 36-32, at the half against Middle Tennessee, as she put in a double-double performance (20 points and 11 rebounds). The final score was 83-56 in LSU’s favor. 

On Saturday, Mulkey hit out at the ‘sleazy tactics of the media’ after it was rumored that the Post would run a story on her, just a year after she led LSU to win the NCAA women’s Tournament, although it is unclear what the article would be about.

‘The lengths he has gone to try to put a hit piece together,’ Mulkey said of award-winning Post reporter Kent Babb, whom she did not mention by name. ‘After two years of trying to get me to sit with him for an interview, he contacts LSU on Tuesday as we were getting ready for the first-round game of this tournament with more than a dozen questions, demanding a response by Thursday, right before we’re scheduled to tip off. Are you kidding me?

‘This was a ridiculous deadline that LSU and I could not possibly meet, and the reporter knew it,’ Mulkey continued. ‘It was just an attempt to prevent me from commenting and an attempt to distract us from this tournament. It ain’t going to work, buddy.’

LSU forward Angel Reese registered a double-double against Middle Tennessee on Sunday

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey during Sunday's second-round game a day after her public tirade

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey during Sunday’s second-round game a day after her public tirade

The 61-year-old LSU head coach hit out at the 'sleazy tactics' of the Washington Post after it was rumored that a profile piece on her would be published this week

The 61-year-old LSU head coach hit out at the ‘sleazy tactics’ of the Washington Post after it was rumored that a profile piece on her would be published this week

Babb confirmed to several outlets, including The Associated Press that he is working on a profile of Mulkey, but declined further comment. The Post declined to reveal the nature of Babb’s work. After Sunday afternoon’s game, a photo of Mulkey consoling Middle Tennessee’s Savannah Wheeler went viral as she was laying her hands on the player’s cheeks, with fans quickly turning it into a meme. 

One user on X made a joke out of the snap, captioning it as Mulkey asking Wheeler: ‘Do you work for the Washington Post? DO YOU?!?!?’

Babb has been working for The Washington Post for 14 years. Three times, his features have been named best in the nation by The Associated Press Sports Editors. Babb also has written two books: ‘Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City,’ and ‘Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson.’

Mulkey is in her third season at LSU, which signed her to a 10-year, $36million contract extension after she won her fourth national title as a coach last season. She also won three with Baylor, along with two as a player at Louisiana Tech and a gold medal as a player for Team USA at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Mulkey said she told Babb two years ago that she wouldn’t be interviewed by him because she ‘didn’t appreciate the hit job he wrote on Brian Kelly,’ the current LSU and former Notre Dame football coach.

‘I’m fed up, and I’m not going to let The Washington Post attack this university, this awesome team of young women I have, or me without a fight,’ Mulkey added. ‘I’ve hired the best defamation law firm in the country, and I will sue The Washington Post if they publish a false story about me.

‘Not many people are in a position to hold these kinds of journalists accountable, but I am, and I’ll do it,’ Mulkey said.

Mulkey, 61, accused the Post’s Kent Babb of trying to trick ex-assistant coaches into speaking with him, despite not mentioning the journalist once in her long, angry monologue, Saturday

Mulkey accused Babb of trying to trick her former assistant coaches into speaking with him by giving them the false impression that Mulkey had acquiesced to being interviewed.

‘When my former coaches spoke to him and found out that I wasn’t talking with the reporter, they were just distraught, and they felt completely misled,’ Mulkey said.

Mulkey added that former players have told her that the Post ‘contacted them and offered to let them be anonymous in a story if they’ll say negative things about me.’

‘The Washington Post has called former disgruntled players to get negative quotes to include in their story,’ Mulkey said. ‘They’re ignoring the 40-plus years of positive stories.

‘But you see, reporters who give a megaphone to a one-sided, embellished version of things aren’t trying to tell the truth. They’re trying to sell newspapers and feed the click machine,’ Mukley continued. 

‘This is exactly why people don’t trust journalists and the media anymore. It’s these kinds of sleazy tactics and hatchet jobs that people are just tired of.’

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