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I See I Have Stirred Things Up': Sen. Claire McCaskill Ignites Controversy With NCAA Tweet


"Unbelievably ridiculous comment."

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asks a question of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's choice for defense secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. Credit: AP

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) ignited controversy Monday night after posting a tweet weighing in on Duke's NCAA championship victory.

McCaskill took issue with Duke's use of talented freshmen who carried the team to victory, explaining she was "rooting for team who had stars actually going to college & not just doing semester tryout for NBA."

NBA rules prohibit high schoolers from directly entering the professional league, forcing interested athletes to instead first play some college ball or take a year off school.

Individuals on Twitter were quick to point this out to McCaskill, slamming her for seemingly going after Duke instead of the NCAA and NBA.

At first, McCaskill seemed hesitant to back down, tweeting, "I understand why it's happening, but I don't have to like it."

Later, she issued a clarification, arguing that "this isn't about the kids, this is about the system."

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