Team USA Lost $60 Million in Endorsements After Caitlin Clark Left Off Olympics Roster?

On June 13, 2024, Facebook account America’s Last Line of Defense published an article positing that Team USA lost $60 million in endorsements from 11 different companies after “snubbing” Caitlin Clark in its selection for the women’s national basketball team:

Team USA Loses 60 Million in Endorsements After the Caitlin Clark Snub: “We Can’t Back That Decision” 

Eleven companies have dropped their sponsorship of USA Basketball in the past few days.

“They’ve disappointed a lot of people.”

(America’s Last Line of Defense)

In the comments, the page added:

It’s true, patriots. Companies are backing out left and right. First, it was Ultra-Right Beer, the company that sold like 40 six packs for $80 each and shipped some of them eight months later, and Cracker Barrel. Because they’re hoping to get some Boomers back after the bench incident of 2023. IYKYK.

There are probably more, but I’m currently too busy framing the ceiling in my breakfast nook, paid for wholly by potato farming, to focus on any others. Let’s go with Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A by default and just move on, m’kay? God Bless America.

The post amassed more 25,000 reactions, 9,000 comments and 4,000 shares. Many commenters shared their support for Clark under the post, with one writing that Clark “handled it with dignity & grace. … Sad she wasn’t invited but not for me to judge.”

However, this item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. ALLOD describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, and the “About Us” section on its website is as follows:

Everything on this website is fiction. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical.

This post was in response to the WNBA rookie sensation being omitted from the Team USA women’s basketball roster. An ESPN article said the selection committee made the decision due to inexperience:

The selection committee didn’t believe the talented Clark had enough high-level reps to be a member of the group headed to the Paris Games. The team includes seven players from the group that won gold in Tokyo — the seventh straight for the Americans.

We’ve previously fact-checked a claim that Clark was added to the Team USA roster after the team released Brittney Griner.

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