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Nika Muhl shines from the field with her eyes, but does not play a minute and causes unrest
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Nika Muhl shines from the field with her eyes, but does not play a minute and causes unrest

Nika Mühl was ready to make her W.N.B.A debuts Tuesday night as the Seattle storm faced with the Minnesota lynxuntil a mixture of social media confusion and red tape left her waiting.

The UConn star was selected with the 14th overall pick in the second round of the WNBA draft in April, much to the excitement of fans in the region.

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She was signed by Seattle, which created a roster spot by trading Jade Melbourne to Washington in exchange for a future draft pick, along with Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike.

The Croatian player, 23, was part of the squad for Tuesday night’s match and decided to mark the occasion with a memorable kit. When she arrived at the venue, she turned heads with a bold look, wearing a black sports bra under a dark blazer and flared dark blue jeans, with heeled shoes covered by her denim.

The Storm‘s official Muhl walked into the stadium, earning 2.1 million views and more than 13,000 likes.

However, Muhl did not occur in the Storm against at Climate Pledge Arena, causing confusion among fans as to why she was left out after the original post stated she would be playing.

Why didn’t Nika Muhl play?

The mistake was made by the team’s social media manager, Hayley Robinsonwho claimed she was not informed about it Muhl‘s retraction: “I promise I didn’t know she wasn’t playing when I posted this,” Robinson wrote to X from her personal account.

It later emerged that Seattle planned to give the rookie her debut, but her visa was still pending approval and it meant she was not cleared to play.

To make matters worse, the Storm lost 83-70 to the Lynxruining the Seattle debut Diggins-Smith And Ogwumikewhile Muhl watched from the sidelines.

Before appearing in court for her first WNBA action, Muhl had talked about her journey from the NCAA to WNBA and the support of her coaches.

“It’s a lot and it’s not easy. You get into a lot of things,” she said. “The coaches are so supportive, but at the same time they challenge you and everyone is so competitive.”