(FOX 9) - If you were paying attention to commercials during the Oscars, you may have spotted a familiar Minnesota sports figure.
A clip of Minnesota Lynx Coach Cheryl Reeve is part of a new Nike commercial. The ad is narrated by Serena Williams who points out the double standards women face compared to men.
Reeve was asked and agreed to be part of an ad. She knew Nike wanted the jacket-throwing incident, but she didn’t know how it was going to be used until she saw the finished product.
The moment depicted was from 2012, game 3 of the WNBA Finals against the Fever. Reeve felt the opposing team was getting away with many uncalled physical fouls and had long talks with the league.
The Fever went on to beat the Lynx for the championship.
Reeve was pleasantly surprised her passion was used positively to show a woman’s emotion is equally powerful and okay as a man’s and shouldn’t be labeled differently.
Reeve is thrilled with the positive message. Both men and women have passion and emotions, but especially in sports.