Instagram backlash for Rice’s comment.

Kansas City Chiefs’ top wide receiver, Rashee Rice, recently showed some public support for Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark. Clark had just come off an impressive performance in her WNBA career, scoring 23 points, along with 8 rebounds and 9 assists during the Fever’s win over the Chicago Sky.

Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice and Indiana Fever star rookie Caitlin...

Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice and Indiana Fever star rookie Caitlin Clark.X @ClutchPoints
Taking a moment to reflect on her life, Clark posted a photo of herself in a Fever jersey along with a throwback picture of her younger self playing basketball, captioned “Time flies.”

While Clark’s post quickly went viral, garnering over 520,000 likes, it was Rice’s supportive message that turned heads. Rice’s comment with emojis of fire and fingers crossed received numerous likes from fans, but it also drew some criticism. One Instagram user responded: “Cover your charges and law trouble first then comment,” while another added: “Aren’t you in jail.”

Rice is currently facing eight felony charges in connection to a six-vehicle car crash on March 30. Additionally, he is under investigation for allegedly hitting a photographer at a club in Dallas less than two weeks later. While the photographer who filed the police report wants charges against Rice dropped, the Dallas Police stated that it is still an active investigation.

Rice’s public show of support for Clark met with skepticism

The NFL is expected to suspend the 24-year-old receiver; however, the length of his punishment and when it will be handed down remains unknown. Despite his off-field issues, Rice has been trying to show support for other athletes. In fact, he and Caitlin Clark exchanged jerseys during the Chiefs’ Christmas Day game, as evidenced by a tweet from ClutchPoints showing Clark at Arrowhead Stadium.

This exchange of support between Rice and Clark highlights the complexities of athletes’ lives both on and off the field. While Rice faces legal troubles, he still seeks to show support for his fellow athletes. It’s a reminder that athletes are multifaceted individuals with both successes and challenges in their personal lives.

As fans continue to speculate about Rice’s future in the NFL, it’s clear that his actions off the field have sparked controversy and divided opinions.

Nevertheless, his public support for Caitlin Clark serves as a reminder that athletes are not defined solely by their mistakes, but also by their ability to show compassion and support for their peers.