Unfazed Kim Mulkey Gets $50,000 Richer by Knocking UCLA Out of March Madness

Published 03/30/2024, 7:01 PM EDT

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LSU women’s basketball team is heading to back-to-back Elite Eights for the first time since 2007-08. The nail-biting game with UCLA finished 78-69 in favor of the Tigers. Yet a dark cloud was hanging over coach Kim Mulkey before the game. The Washington Post dropped the controversial “hit piece” on her life, unraveling some hard stories around Mulkey who had previously stated that the article was nothing but the “sleazy tactics and hatchet jobs” by the WP. 

Apart from the victory, Mulkey will also get a bonus for the performance. According to Steve Berkowitz who is a reporter and editor for USA TODAY Sports, “LSU coach Kim Mulkey picks up $50,000 bonus as Tigers beat UCLA to reach NCAA women’s round of 8. Mulkey has $160,000 in bonuses so far.”

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According to USA TODAY, Mulkey will earn if the Tigers retain their championship $230,000. If LSU reaches the Final Four after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes she will get $75,000. Earning $85,000 for the final appearance. She might get a bonus of $390,000 for winning the whole tournament plus the current $160,000 which she has already received.

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Kim Mulkey talks about the “hit piece”

The Washington Post article came out just before the all-important match for the Tigers. Mulkey was speaking with the tournament broadcaster ESPN, saying she just got to know about the article had been published.

“You’re telling me something I didn’t know,” Kim Mulkey said. “So you’re the bearer of good news or bad news, however you want to look at it. But are you really surprised? Are you really surprised by the timing of it?”

“But I can tell you that I haven’t read it. I don’t know that I will read it. I’ll leave that up to my attorneys.”

Mulkey probably has decided not to read the article, but it contains some questionable decisions and statements. How she mistreated some people over various wardrobe choices. Also, using shaming and humiliating techniques to improve performances. Previously Mulkey called this article a “hit piece” and threatened to sue the Washington Post. 

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USA Today via Reuters

According to CNN LSU and Baylor University declined to comment on the article published by WP.

 

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