Chennedy Carter controversy timeline, from Atlanta Dream suspension to Caitlin Clark body check

Chennedy Carter has been under the WNBA spotlight before — multiple times, too.

This time it’s different, however. The 2024 WNBA Draft class, led by Caitlin Clark, has brought in an enormous amount of viewership this year, drawing national media attention for regular season games.

Carter body checked Clark during the Sky vs. Fever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup game Saturday, June 1. She received an away-from-the-ball foul, which was later upgraded to a flagrant 1 after the game.

Clark said it wasn’t “a basketball play,” but she moved on quickly.

This isn’t the first instance of Carter getting in trouble either. She has a history in the WNBA, which is now coming to light with the newfound attention the league is receiving.

Here’s a breakdown of her controversial timeline.

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Chennedy Carter controversy timeline

Atlanta Dream suspends, trades Carter to Los Angeles Sparks

Carter was an excellent college player at Texas A&M, earning an All-American nod as well as averaging 20-plus points in each of her three seasons.

The Dream drafted her with the No. 4 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, and she produced right away despite some injuries. She was second in Rookie of the Year voting, averaging 17.4 points per game over 16 contests.

An elbow injury limited her to 11 games in the sophomore season before the Dream suspended her for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

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The incident began when Courtney Williams told Carter to cheer on her teammates from the bench, per Spencer Nusbaum of The Next. It led to an argument which escalated postgame. Carter reportedly wanted to fight Williams, but the veteran backed away and no physical altercation occurred.

The Dream suspended Carter indefinitely following the incident and later traded her to the Los Angeles Sparks for the 2022 season.

Los Angeles Sparks bench, waive Carter

Carter played 24 games for the Sparks during the 2022 season, which was almost the same amount she played in two years for the Dream. Her minutes were significantly down, however.

The former No. 4 overall pick averaged just 16.4 minutes per game and scored just 8.9 points per game. The Sparks benched Carter for “poor conduct,” according to the LA Times.

Carter was under contract for the 2023 season, but the Sparks opted to release her in the offseason.

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Carter plays 2023 season in Turkey

Carter cleared waivers during the offseason and was not picked up by any team for the 2023 season. Only 24 years old, she decided to play professionally in Turkey. She had briefly played there after her rookie season but left to be closer to home, according to Andscape.

She excelled in his second stint, averaging  24.1 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for Bursa Uludag. Her play was enough to draw interest from WNBA teams, and she signed with the Chicago Sky for the 2024 season.

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Carter body checks Clark

The last addition to Carter’s controversial history has been the most publicized one. She threw her shoulder into Clark while the Fever rookie was awaiting an inbound pass.

Referees initially ruled an away-from-the-ball foul, but it was upgraded to a flagrant 1 after the game.

Carter refused to answer questions about Clark during postgame interviews, but later blasted the rookie guard on social media. Carter questioned how she impacts the game outside of 3-point shooting.

She fired off a few more posts, including one laughing at those pleading for the Fever to sign an “enforcer.”

Her X replies are currently limited.

The Fever host the Sky on Sunday, June 16 at noon ET. What was initially a Clark vs. Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso matchup will have another storyline added to the mix.


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