WNBA coach Cheryl Reeve has meltdown, rips off jacket (Video)

Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve lost it during Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday night and melted down after she didn’t get a call she wanted.

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen was driving to the hoop during the third quarter of the game and lost the ball while trying to shoot a scoop shot. Indiana Fever guard Briann January appeared to slap her on the wrist, indicating that a foul should have been called. No foul was called, and instead Whalen lost the ball on a turnover.

The no-call is what set off Reeve, who went nuts on the sideline and had to be restrained by assistant coaches and her players. She and Whalen were called for technical fouls, giving the Fever two technical free throws, which they made.

Reeve actually has a history of meltdowns, so her actions on Wednesday shouldn’t come as a surprise. They actually inspired her team, which went on to win 83-71 to tie the series 1-1.

“It was good to see her fired up,” said Seimone Augustus. “That’s kind of what she does. I think she got like 7 or 8 techs this year, and every time she gets a tech it fires us up.”

Apparently Reeve’s meltdown had its consequences. Reporter LaChina Robinson says Reeve threw out her shoulder ripping off her jacket. Dave Schwartz shared a picture of a microphone attached to Reeve’s jacket that she apparently broke when ripping off her coat.

Video via @cjzero

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Belle/1617237214 Jerry Belle

    How do volunteer coaches handle these types of incidents, wherein professional coaches become violent and/or abusive to referees/umpires on National TV?  How can volunteer coaches teach sportsmanship and respect for officials when this type of conduct and behavior is becoming the norm on TV and watched by millions?  Where are the apologies and calls for sanctions?  Instead, the comment from a player says it all – “It was good to see her fired up…” GOOD FOR WHOM? This madwoman actually threw her shoulder out throwing a jacket onto the court and she has a history of meltdowns and tantrums – disgusting display for anyone being taught how to play the game and respect officials….  

  • Switchthefield

    A.  I agree with Jerry Belle.

    B.  What a terribly call and a ridiculous comment by the announcer.  The defender racked the shooter across the wrist, which, it is true, is attached to the player’s hand, which was holding a basketball, but is one of the more obvious fouls I have ever witnessed.  The defender never actually touches the ball, just hand and arm.

  • securid80

    FOUL…..no question

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1437271223 Maureen Jungers

    Mad Woman? Really? And why are you comparing a professional coach to volunteers? That doesn’t even makes sense….Does anyone who write or reads this garbage know anything about  WNBA? Coach Reeve? If she was a MAN, Would this even be a big deal….?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1437271223 Maureen Jungers

    Rebecca Lobo (announcer) must have lost her damn mind with her commentary about the mugging of Whalen