USA Basketball Player Chased by Bee, Subs Herself Out of Game

  • Team USA is competing at the 3×3 U18 World Championship in Debrecen, Hungary.
  • During Tuesday’s matchup vs Slovenia, American forward Janiah Barker had a funny run-in with a bee.
  • The 6-foot-3 star danced around the court avoiding the bug before subbing herself out of the game.

There’s no stopping Janiah Barker unless you have a bug on your side.

The 6-foot-3 forward on Team USA’s 3×3 under-18 squad had an unfortunate — and hilarious — run-in with a bumblebee in the middle of a game at the 3×3 World Championship in Debrecen, Hungary.

During Team USA’s matchup against Slovenia on Tuesday, Barker discovered a bee flying past her while she was on the court. She tried to evade the little critter by dancing around erratically. She even went so far as to duck under a referee in an attempt to dodge the bug.

Janiah Barker of Team USA's U18 3x3 basketball team.

Janiah Barker of Team USA’s U18 3×3 basketball team charges to the basket.

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When all of her efforts failed to shake the bee off her trail, an exasperated Barker waved over to the sideline and subbed herself out of the game. Mikaylah Williams — a 16-year-old guard for Team USA — was bent over laughing as her teammate made a scene, and she couldn’t stop her hysterics as she stepped to the line for a foul shot.

Despite the distraction, Barker, Williams, and Team USA maintained a comfortable lead throughout and beat Slovenia 21-7. And as of this article’s publication, the US sits atop Pool B with 78 points and a 3-1 record in the tournament. They’ll face Estonia in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Check out the clip of Barker and her newest, tiniest foe below:

 

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