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But Reese added that she “wouldn’t change anything” regardless and that she’s “unapologetically me.” Angel Reese

Louisiana State University star forward Angel Reese opened up Monday some of the online abuse and attacks she’s faced with her ascension to stardom over the past year.

The LSU star said she has focused on remaining strong for her teammates.

“I’m still a human,” she said. “All this has happened since I won a national championship, and I said the other day, I haven’t had peace since then.”

But Reese added that she “wouldn’t change anything” regardless and that she’s “unapologetically me.”

The forward’s remarks followed touching speeches by teammates Flau’jae Johnson and Hailey Van Lith, who both praised her leadership and strength amid the online criticism she faces.

“Everybody can have their opinion on Angel Reese, but y’all don’t know her. Y’all don’t know Angel Reese,” Johnson said, later adding, “The crown she wears is heavy, bro.”

Johnson then called out the media for vilifying Reese, saying that her teammate makes her a “better player.”

Van Lith chimed in: “ speak hate into her life.”

Last year, the Tigers defeated the Hawkeyes in the championship game of the NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball tournament, marking LSU’s first national basketball title.

Reese, who was named most outstanding player last year, was criticized for her trash-talking behavior in the competitive game.

In the final moments of the game, Reese waved her hand in front of her face in a gesture toward Iowa’s superstar point guard, Caitlin Clark. The hand gesture, known as the “You can’t see me” move, was popularized by pro wrestler/actor John Cena.

Reese had also pointed to her ring finger while looking at Clark, indicating that her team was set to receive championship rings.

Some criticized the LSU player as “classless” over the gestures.

Sports commentator Keith Olbermann tweeted at the time that Reese was a “fucking idiot,” although he later walked back his remarks.

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy called her a “classless piece of shit.”

Many have since called out the fact that the outrage directed toward Reese, who is Black, was rooted in racism and sexism, since male players and white female players typically are treated differently for similar conduct.

Clark, who’s white, had done the same “You can’t see me” gesture, and she memorably waved off South Carolina player Raven Johnson when she didn’t bother to guard Johnson during a game last year. She did not face the same kind of backlash that Reese did.