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.

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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