Natasha Cloud Wishes Average Fan Could Participate in Training Camp To Stop Athlete Slander

Earlier this year during the free agency the Phoenix Mercury inked a deal with WNBA champion Natasha Cloud. Cloud decided to leave the Washington Mystics after spending eight seasons with Washington alongside Elena Delle Donne, who has decided to take a break from basketball, according to ESPN.

“This free agency, everyone thinks it’s fun. It is so stressful,” Cloud said in an interview on ESPN. “Especially when you’ve been in one place your entire career, it makes it that much harder. But the decision wasn’t necessarily mine. So finding the next home for me was really important.

“I’ve been so blessed with the opportunity to speak to a lot of teams, a lot of organizations that really sought after me, which felt nice to be valued and appreciated. There was just one team I felt comfortable with from the jump and the direction that they’re going into. I just couldn’t pass up on it.”

This week WNBA training camps have opened  up for all 12 teams across the league. The Phoenix Mercury are down in San Diego for their training camp as they are looking to build chemistry with new additions such as Cloud, Rebecca Allen, Kahleah Copper, Charisma Osborne, and Christyn Williams. As they are looking to mesh the incoming talent with their core of players of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Sophie Cunningham, Shey Peddy, and Sug Sutton.

After Tuesday training camp session concluded, Cloud to X and shared a message that reads, “I have the best job in the world. I’m truly blessed…. But we gonna stop being like this shii easy.  I would love for the avg fan to be put through one day of training camp. I bet I wouldn’t hear no athlete slander after it.”

Fans have been know to get carried away at games yelling anything that comes to mind. For example, earlier this year Kevin Durant was running on the court when two Mavericks’ fans call Durant a, b****. Durant had every right to have the fans removed from the arena instead, the future Hall of Famer told  arena security not to remove them.


Back in January, Cleveland Charge forwards Emoni Bates and Gabe Osabuohien were suspended for two games without pay, according to ESPN’s Marc J Spears. The two forwards entered the stands at the following 126-105 road loss to the Birmingham Squadron on Jan. 20, after some chatter with some of the fans. 


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