Shame on anybody who tries to make Adia Barnes apologize for telling the skeptics to F themselves. That’s a great moment. pic.twitter.com/qNq1vkGPHC
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) April 3, 2021
Arizona women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes led the No. 3 Wildcats to an incredible, stunning upset of the powerhouse UCONN Huskies in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament to punch Arizona’s ticket to the national championship game where they will face No. 1 seed Stanford.
After the game, Barnes could be seen hyping up her players with an incredible sideline speech that was capped off with a big “f*ck you” and middle finger to the doubters.
It was an incredible moment.
Of course, some people decided this was what they wanted to be offended by and angry about on the internet that day, so people were calling her out for being inappropriate and disrespectful.
Anyone with a brain, however, loved it and Barnes — even though she didn’t need to — explained her passion in that moment.
“I was so pumped up it was the heat of the moment and it was supposed to be a private moment with my team,” Barnes wrote on Twitter. “I told them WE BELIEVED IN US! EVERYONE THAT DIDN’T, I WILL GO TO WAR WITH U ANYTIME ANYPLACE!! Not the best look but I was loving on my team.”
Ahead of the national title game, Barnes was again asked about her speech and she delivered another amazing message to the haters with a “sorry, not sorry.”
Adia Barnes on a morning press conference and is asked about the TV clip showing her animated postgame speech to her team:
"I’m not apologizing for it because I don't feel that I need to apologize… I wouldn’t take it back." pic.twitter.com/C54yUIwqBb
— Alec White (@AlecWhite_UA) April 3, 2021
Adia Barnes may be my new favorite head coach.
The women’s national championship game takes place on Sunday evening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.