Greensboro, N.C. — Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey isn’t exactly known for having a peachy attitude.
The often-grumpy coach seemed more annoyed than usual during Sunday’s press conference which led to some contrite responses, and even some long-winded criticism of some media members’ questions about Baylor’s star player, Kalani Brown.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey hopes her center, Kalani Brown, doesn’t have nightmares about Iowa’s Megan Gustafson. Brown is going to try staying with the Hawkeye star. The Bears seem annoyed with attention Megan is getting. pic.twitter.com/oXKJAgzkmi
— Rob Howe (@RobHoweHN) March 31, 2019
Mulkey’s comments were also taken by some as a slight to Iowa star player Megan Gustafson.
Two other times Mulkey seemed to almost sarcastically remark about ESPN naming Gustafson as its Player of the Year.
Once Mulkey’s comments were spread around the Twittersphere, Iowa fans had some visceral reactions to the two-time national champion’s press conference.
Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press Citizen columnist Chad Leistikow chastised Mulkey’s comments.
It takes a sick human being to manufacture a beef with a respected national reporter to take a passive-aggressive shot at a player who is maybe the best story in women’s basketball — who represents everything good about humanity and team sports. https://t.co/7kvC46xs24
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) April 1, 2019
Irrational Hawkeye also chimed in some with a rational take, taking the opportunity to praise Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder.
I don’t need another reason to hate Baylor. Thank God for Lisa Bluder. https://t.co/Br3X5tu8I9
— Irrational Hawkeye (@IrrationalHawk) March 31, 2019
Even Iowa State fans took the Hawkeyes’ side.
Kim Mulkey is one on of the three people on this planet that can cause me to cheer for Iowa. Go Gustafson. https://t.co/mnqseXyBvH
— Bret Spurgin (@RedDirtCyclone) March 31, 2019
Time to go full #HawkeyeGookin:
There may not be a more hatable team in sports right now than these Baylor Bear women. I hope Iowa (and specifically Megan) beats them to a pulp. https://t.co/C23b0vG8W8
— Alex Gookin (@_AlexGookin) March 31, 2019
However, no one seemed more livid than the regular Iowa fans.
Dear Iowa women, please send Kim Mulkey and her resting b*tch face and sarcastic drawl home for the rest of the tournament https://t.co/tFcGJlqhpn
— Heather Burnside (@HeatherRadio) March 31, 2019
I lost a lot of respect for Kim Mulkey after this. This attitude WILL NOT bring more attention to women’s basketball. Ew. https://t.co/TWKEwl6VZe
— Sam (@samrinehart33) April 1, 2019
If, for some reason, you needed a reason to root against Baylor…. https://t.co/5XBilPXolZ
— SoundOFF (@SoundOFF13) March 31, 2019