Angel Reese on dealing with hateful speech: "I've been through so much"

The LSU star spoke following the Tigers' loss to the Iowa in the Elite Eight.

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ANGEL REESE: I don't really get to stand up for myself. I mean, I have great teammates. I have a great support system. I got my hometown. I got my family that stands out for me. I don't really get to speak out on things, just because I just try to ignore. And I just try to stand strong. Like, I've been through so much. I've seen so much. I've been attacked so many times, death threats. I've been sexualized. I've been threatened. I've been so many things. And I've stood strong every single time.

And I just try to--


--stand strong for my teammates because I don't want them to see me down and, like, not be there for them. So I just want them always just know, like, I'm still human. Like, all this has happened since I won the national championship. And I said the other day, I haven't had peace since then.

And it sucks, and-- but I still wouldn't change. I wouldn't change anything. And I would still sit here and say, like, I'm unapologetically me. I'm gonna always leave that mark, and be who I am, and stand on that. And hopefully, the little girls that look up to me, and hopefully I give them some type of inspiration, that, hopefully it's not this hard and all the things that come at you. But keep being who you are. Keep waking up every day. Keep being motivated, staying who you are, [INAUDIBLE]. Don't back down. And just be confident.


FLAU'JAE JOHNSON: Let me tell you something, everybody could have their opinion on Angel Reese. But y'all don't know her.

- Put your hand up.

FLAU'JAE JOHNSON: Like, y'all don't know Angel Reese. I know Angel Reese. I know the real Angel Reese.


FLAU'JAE JOHNSON: And the person I see every day is a strong person, is a caring, loving person, bruh. The crown she wear is heavy, bro.


FLAU'JAE JOHNSON: She's the type of teammate that's gonna make you believe in yourself. The leap that I took from my freshman to sophomore year. Angel gave me that confidence to go be a dog, playing next to a dog every day, and, you know, just to see how the media ridicule her, went through our problems.

But, like, this is my sister right here. And I'm so proud of her. Like, the media, y'all-- how they like to twist, and call it a villain, and all of that, y'all don't know Angel, bro. And I'm just happy that I get to play with her. I get to be around her presence. Her energy is different. Like, she just made me a better player. She make me a better player. And that's what great players do.

HAILEY VAN LITH: I'll say something too. I think you know, Angel's one of the toughest people I've been around.


HAILEY VAN LITH: People speak hate into her life. I've never seen people wish bad things on someone as much as her. And-- And it does not affect her. She comes to practice every day. She lives her life every day. She-- She lives how she wants to live. And she don't let nobody change that.

And you know, that's the-- that's the key to life right there. Y'all do not get to her. Let me say it again. Y'all do not get to Angel Reese. So you might wanna give it up, throw in the towel in, 'cause you're wasting your energy. So Angel's one of the toughest people I've been around.