Helena Moreno defends LSU Lady Tigers following Los Angeles Times article

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno is responding to a Los Angeles Times article written about the LSU women’s basketball team.

Moreno used the words “disparaging and disrespectful” to describe the article about the Lady Tigers and Coach Kim Mulkey.

Parts of the article referred to the Lady Tigers as “villains” and “dirty debutantes,” ahead of LSU’s Sweet 16 game against UCLA, to which Mulkey responded, “You don’t have to like the way we play. You don’t have to like the way we trash talk. You don’t have to like any of that. We’re good with that. But I can’t sit up here as a mother and a grandmother and a leader of young people and allow somebody to say that.”

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Moreno released her own statement.

“The disparaging and disrespectful comments toward our LSU women’s basketball team by a columnist at the LA Times has hit me and many other women to the core. It showcased, once again, that even while achieving at the highest levels, women can face sexist criticism by some who don’t even realize they’re doing it (or maybe he did). But to top it all off, the comments were made toward young women student athletes. Wow. This columnist needs to be called out. If there’s any lesson to be learned here, it’s hopefully this will cause those with influential voices to think twice on how they slam female student athletes. When I watched Reese, Johnson and Morrow in Saturday’s postgame presser talk about how their mothers are their inspiration and how they have dreams beyond basketball, but are proving they can be successful in many areas; I was so proud of these amazing young women role models. They are tough, talented, unique, and they are fighters, on and off the court, and it took a lot of work and grit to get to where they are. Monday night two teams will battle it out for a spot in the Final Four and they are both great, not made up of villains, but sheroes. Let’s remember that! Geaux Tigers!”

New Orleans Council President Helena Moreno

The Associated Press reported UCLA coach Cori Close issued an apology on social media for retweeting the column. “I would never want to promote anything that tears down a group of people in our great game.”

The article has since been edited with an editor’s note, issuing an apology to the team and basketball program.

The Tigers went on to defeat the Bruins 78-69.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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