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LSU Coach Kim Mulkey Lashes Out About Upcoming 'Hit Piece' on Her and Threatens Lawsuit

The longtime coach, 61, said a reporter from the 'Washington Post' has been working on the story about her for two years

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  • LSU coach Kim Mulkey has threatened to sue the Washington Post about an upcoming story she said the newspaper is planning to publish about her

  • Mulkey said in a press conference on Saturday that the reporter is trying to "distract" her and her team from their post-season run

  • “It’s these kinds of sleazy tactics and hatchet jobs that people are just tired of," Mulkey said

Kim Mulkey is threatening to sue the Washington Post about an upcoming story that she says the newspaper is planning to publish about her and that she claims is "false."

On Saturday, hours after the Tigers defeated the Rice Owls in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the longtime coach began her press conference with a four-minute-long statement regarding the forthcoming article.

Mulkey, 61, said that the reporter — who USA Today identifies as Kent Babb, a sports reporter at the Post since 2012 — sent her “more than a dozen questions” last Tuesday to be answered by last Thursday and called it an attempt to “distract” Mulkey and her team from their bid to defend their 2023 national championship.

“This was a ridiculous deadline that LSU and I could not possibly meet, and the reporter knew it,” Mulkey said. “It was just an attempt to prevent me from commenting and an attempt to distract us from this tournament.”

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Mulkey, the highest-paid coach in women's college basketball, claimed that Babb has been working on the piece about her for the last two years, and that she “didn’t appreciate the hit job he wrote on [LSU football head coach] Brian Kelly, and that’s why I wasn’t going to do an interview with him.”

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“This is exactly why people don’t trust journalists and the media anymore,” Mulkey said. “It’s these kinds of sleazy tactics and hatchet jobs that people are just tired of. I’m fed up, and I’m not going to let the Washington Post attack this university, this awesome team of young women I have, or me without a fight.”

Mulkey added that former “disgruntled” players and coaches had been contacted to participate in the article.

“I’ve hired the best defamation law firm in the country, and I will sue the Washington Post if they publish a false story about me,” she said. “Not many people are in a position to hold these kinds of journalists accountable, but I am, and I’ll do it.”

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A spokesperson with the Post declined PEOPLE’s request for a comment. Babb did confirm to the Associated Press that he is working on a profile of the coach.

In her statement, Mulkey alleged that the reporter is ignoring “40-plus years of positive stories” about her coaching career. Before arriving at LSU in April 2021, Mulkey was the head coach at Baylor for 21 seasons, where she coached the team to three NCAA Championships.

"It ain’t gonna work, buddy,” Mulkey warned.

Mulkey has dealt with criticism in the past. In 2013, ESPN reported that she had told her then-player Brittney Griner to hide her sexuality to avoid dissuading potential recruits from joining their Baylor team. Then in 2017, she was criticized for dismissing a sexual misconduct scandal at Baylor (which she later apologized for). And she was scolded for railing against COVID-19 restrictions during the 2021 March Madness tournament, while cases were still high and people had not yet been vaccinated.

The third-seed Tigers went on to win their second-round game against Middle Tennessee on Sunday, 83-56.

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