Angel Reese Defends Choice to Attend Met Gala Ahead of Preseason Game

She flew back-and-forth from Chicago to New York this week in order to attend both events.
Apr 15, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Angel Reese speaks in a press conference after she is selected by the Chicago Sky.
Apr 15, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Angel Reese speaks in a press conference after she is selected by the Chicago Sky. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese has had a busy week, to say the least.

She started off on Monday by practicing with her team in the Chicago suburbs, then flew to New York City to attend the 2024 Met Gala. She wore a sea foam green 16 Arlington dress while walking the carpet among Hollywood's biggest stars. Reese was the first WNBA rookie to ever attend the event.

And, she did all this while celebrating her 22nd birthday on Monday.

After Monday night's huge fashion event, Reese boarded another plane, this time back to Chicago to play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the New York Liberty. Although she caught some flack from fans questioning her decision to attend the Met Gala ahead of a preseason game, she proved them wrong by scoring 13 points and adding five rebounds in the Sky's 101–53 blowout win.

She had the perfect quote for the doubters.

“I went to the Met Gala, slayed the Met Gala in New York, came back, slayed against New York,” Reese said, via The Athletic's Jon Greenberg. “It’s what I do.”

This quote came after she defended her choice on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday morning. Apparently she saw many of the comments made about her flying back-and-forth before a game.

WNBA preseason is now over. Reese's official Sky debut will be on Wednesday, May 15 when the team travels to Dallas to face the Wings.


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