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Coach defends herself for showing up to a game in leather pants and heels

Texas A&M Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Sydney Carter. Photo: Twitter
  • Mixed reactions on Sydney Carter’s outfit at the game
  • Sydney Carter’s response to the ‘inappropriate wear’ criticism on social media
  • Why The Texas A&M assistant women’s basketball coach is unapologetic about herself every day
  • Sydney Carter’s thoughts about black women in coaching

Sydney Carter, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Texas A&M, received backlash on Sunday, February 6 for wearing leather trousers and heels during a game against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Carter posted photos of herself wearing tight pink leather pants, a white turtleneck, clear heels, and a pink breast cancer awareness pin on her chest on Twitter and Instagram like she does after every game.

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Texas A&M women’s assistant coach Sydney Carter. Photo :Twitter

Based on past posts, the majority of her game-day clothes are trendy and stylish.

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Sydney Carter’s stylish outfits. Photo: ABC News

However, some individuals appeared to be offended by her appearance, claiming that it was not “appropriate attire’ for a coach to wear.”

Here are some of the negative and positive comments lashed at Cater

“It’s unprofessional. Definitely the pants. Vinyl pants? Really? To work,” Somebodymama13 tweeted.

“Why would you dress in pants that tight to coach” MH Pz tweeted.

While there were some nasty remarks, the positive reaction and praise on Twitter overpowered the trolls.

The Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Twitter account defended their coach as well, noting that there is nothing wrong with her appearance.

“The only problem I have with her outfit is that she didn’t leave a link for me to purchase it myself,” Alyssa Vaniman, MS, ATC tweeted. “Y’all have too much time on your hands to be picking apart what women are wearing.”

“Men always feel the need to criticize women for every little thing,” @LiyahLiyaah tweeted. “Her outfit was pink for Breast Cancer Awareness & she’s beautiful plus her team won.”

Assistant coach Sydney Carter. Photo: Twitter

The thirty-one-year-old American College coach later responded to critics of her game-day clothing.

“I just think that people are uncomfortable with a Black woman in a position of power,” Carter told Yahoo,

“I believe it’s quite intimidating to watch a Black lady who is actually confident and accepting herself.”

“You hear so many times that people don‘t want to watch women play basketball, because there’s too many that look manly, or they play like a guy or don’t play enough like guys.

“Women can never satisfy anybody in any aspect of life. Just as a woman, it’s hard enough. It’s hard enough that we’re not paid the same or that people think that we can’t do some of the same things or something as well as men in a male-dominated industry.

“I‘m unapologetically myself every day. And I could care less if anybody thinks that I’m being extra.

I’m not gonna turn up turn my light off because somebody else is offended or intimidated by the fact that I embrace myself.”

“I think a lot of college kids these days struggle with being confident and embracing who they really are because they are afraid of what the world will say.

And I hope that I am a living example of who cares what they say.”

She claimed that she wasn’t aiming to “break down any barriers” or “set a trend” with her clothing.

Sydney Carter’s thoughts on black women in coaching

“Representation matters. As a Black woman in coaching, I take pride in showing that people who look like me don‘t have to diminish our light to appeal to others, whose opinions never mattered anyway.

“I will continue to unapologetically be myself, apply pressure, and show that Black women can express our individuality while doing our jobs at a high level.”

However, the official Texas A&M posted on Instagram earlier this week “Let them talk, we got your back”, expressing their for support for Carter.

Carter later posted on Instagram: “Thank you to everyone for your support and kind words over the last few days

Former Texas A&M Women’s Basketball team captain, Sydney Carter. Photo: Insider.

Carter was a three-time team captain for Texas A&M between 2008 and 2012.

She is ranked 10th all-time in steals (206) and 18th all-time in points, according to the team’s website (1,176).

The Chicago Sky selected the Dallas -born star 27th overall in the WNBA draft, and she played for the team for four seasons.

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