Rebecca Lobo hears backlash from Albany residents, mayor after slight during ESPN broadcast – Hartford Courant


Rebecca Lobo is one of the most popular former UConn women’s basketball players in history.

But she’s certainly not the most popular person in Albany, N.Y. right now.

Lobo, who was working as color commentator for the Iowa-LSU Elite Eight game in the Albany 2 Regional on Monday night, cracked a light-hearted joke at the city’s expense towards the end of the broadcast.

As the cameras panned to Iowa star Caitlin Clark’s family, play-by-play announcer Ryan Rucco told a story about Clark telling her parents and brother to “just go find something to do in Albany.” Clark said she would just stay in her room and wait for the game.

“Good luck finding something to do in Albany,” Lobo responded, laughing.

Those comments received some backlash from Albany residents and the mayor of the city on X (formerly Twitter).

“There’s plenty to do if you take the time to look — some of the nation’s oldest museums, a stately Capitol, award-winning restaurants, and a basketball game or two downtown,” Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan wrote on X. “Rebecca Lobo, let’s take a ride before you leave town. Happy to show you all there is to see and do.”

“The woman might have a problem finding something to do anywhere in the world if she can’t find something to do in Albany,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, who has written  fictional books based on Albany, according to the New York Post. “Albany is not the capital of entertainment in the world, but it’s a livewire city.”

Lobo took to X to set the record straight, that it was all in good fun.

I’ve spent many fun-filled weekends in the Albany area over the years coaching my kids’ AAU teams,” she wrote. “No shade intended towards the capital city and the outstanding job they did hosting the regional.

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