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Residents of the New York capital attack Rebecca Lobo for her remark on Albany: “Unnecessarily harsh”

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Residents of New York’s capital came to their defense Tuesday after WNBA legend Rebecca Lobo hit Albany during Monday night’s Elite Eight game between Iowa and LSU.

Lobo, who played for the WNBA’s New York Liberty during her professional career and played at UConn in college, joked with fellow ESPN broadcaster Ryan Ruocco that there was no Lots to do in Albany. Ruocco talked about Caitlin Clark’s family trying to lure the sniper out of her room before the regional final.

Lobo’s remarks did not sit well with some city residents.

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Rébecca Lobo in 2017

Television basketball analyst and former women’s basketball player Rebecca Lobo attends the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 media event. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

“It seemed unnecessarily harsh, and I think for a city our size we have a lot to offer,” restaurateur Dominick Purnomo told News 10 in Albany.

“It was Easter weekend. You could have gone to mass and visited the cathedral. If you like history, we have the Albany Institute of History and Art, we have the Museum of the State of New York.”

Todd Shapiro, owner of the “War Room” and former spokesperson for Ivana Trump, has called on other bars and restaurants to cancel their ESPN subscriptions, according to the New York Post.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy told the newspaper that if Lobo couldn’t find something to do in Albany, it was his fault.

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Rebecca Lobo with Liberty

New York Liberty’s Rebecca Lobo in action, boxing against Sacramento Monarchs Pamela McGee at Madison Square Garden. (Manny Millan/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

“If she can’t find something to do in Albany, there’s a psychological problem,” he said. “Albany is not the entertainment capital of the world, but it is a dynamic city.

“This woman might have a hard time finding something to do anywhere in the world if she can’t find something to do in Albany. Give her my best wishes.”

Lobo’s comment even caught the attention of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who offered to give broadcaster ESPN a tour of the city.

“There’s plenty to do if you take the time to look: some of the nation’s oldest museums, a majestic Capitol, award-winning restaurants, and a basketball game or two downtown,” Sheehan wrote on X, the company formerly known as Twitter. “@RebeccaLobo let’s take a tour before we leave town. Happy to show you all there is to see and do.”

Lobo responded to criticism of X.

Rebecca Lobo smiles in 2022

ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo poses during the NCAA Women’s Final Four press conference at the Target Center in Minneapolis on March 31, 2022. (Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports)

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“I’ve spent many fun weekends in the Albany area over the years coaching my kids’ AAU teams,” she wrote on the social media platform. “No shadow cast on the capital and the remarkable work it did in hosting the regionals.”

Chantz Martin of Fox News contributed to this report.

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