Sister Jean went from the most lovable person at the Final Four to one of the most polarizing people, according to Basketball Twitter.
Remember back when Sister Jean was just the cute 98-year-old Loyola-Chicago team chaplain?
Two weeks was such a long time ago on the internet.
Thanks to the Ramblers' run to the Final Four and the immediate appeal of Sister Jean, she has transformed into a full-fledged college basketball celebrity. From concerns over her bracket to shots of her during games to post-game interviews to bobbleheads to t-shirts to a fake Twitter account to questions about if people even know who she is, Sister Jean is on the verge of taking over the entire 2018 NCAA tournament.
So it only made sense that she had her own press conference at the Final Four in San Antonio.
There were a decent amount of heartwarming moments from the press conference.
"We have a little slogan we say, 'Worship, work and win.' We need to do all of those things. God always hears, but maybe he thinks it is better for us to do the L instead of the W," Loyola-Chicago's Sister Jean says https://t.co/Drjpnj3w9X #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/wsqvYMIHLK— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 30, 2018
Sister Jean to media: “You’re great people. Don’t let anyone put you down at any time.”— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 30, 2018
Sister Jean gives a disappointed sigh when she’s told her 15-minute session is done. “I could stay for an hour.”— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) March 30, 2018
Sister Jean just said the company that made her bobblehead can retire after her sales 😂— Madeline Kenney (@madkenney) March 30, 2018
(Her bobblehead won’t ship until June, but has already sold more than 10,000 units)
But while Sister Jean has become the most popular member of the Ramblers, Friday's press conference also put into question if the players have been cast aside for her.
Although, they may not seem to mind.
In San Antonio, Loyola players were all beyond thrilled and dang near giddy about the attention Sister Jean is getting. Clayton Custer said he wants the world to know her and hear her message.— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) March 30, 2018
But the apex of the entire media session was Sister Jean's hot take that God would like NCAA more than the NBA because the players aren't paid.
Sister Jean on whether God is a basketball fan: “He probably is. And he probably is more of the NCAA than the NBA.”— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 30, 2018
SISTER JEAN 🔥 TAKE:— TOM MARTIN ™️ (@TomKCTV5) March 30, 2018
God likes the NCAA more than the NBA because “these young players play with their heart and not for financial gain.”
So naturally, in came the jokes.
In light of Sister Jean's press conference, I just asked my 96-year-old-grandmother for her take on basketball: "It's a nice grouping of talent. Requires skill."— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) March 30, 2018
Sister Jean thinks God doesn’t want to watch some of his finest work in LeBron James lmao what a nitwit— Baby Smarf (@ColeyMick) March 30, 2018
. . .NBA Twitter was just waiting, they wanted Sister Jean to fall long before these quotes lol.— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) March 30, 2018
If Sister Jean had said, “God likes college basketball more because advancing the ball to halfcourt after timeouts violates natural law” it would have gone over better— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 30, 2018
"Do you think God likes basketball, Sister Jean?"— Jake Whitacre (@jakewhitacre) March 30, 2018
"YES! HE PREFERS THE NCAA BUT ONLY BECAUSE WEIRD CELTICS TWITTER WAS TOO MUCH FOR HIM. HE THINKS THE GAME ON THE PRO LEVEL IS SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER."
Let's see how many people will be Michigan fans for the sake of the NBA. Loyola-Chicago and the Wolverines face off at 6:09 p.m. ET Saturday.