Lauren Jackson ripping Lisa Leslie’s hair out heated up a decade-long beef. Was it intentional?

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For a while, Lisa Leslie was arguably the best women’s basketball player on the planet. She put up jaw-dropping high school numbers, dominated in college, and became a foundational star not only of the WNBA, but of the powerhouse United States Olympic team.

But a few years into her professional career, a new contender emerged: Lauren Jackson, who first battled Leslie as the teenaged star of perennial Olympic runner-up Australia, and then as her WNBA counterpart with the Seattle Storm, rival of Leslie’s Los Angeles Sparks.

Leslie and Jackson’s rivalry included dirty play, open feuding, and some good, old-fashioned gritty basketball … but it also included one extremely weird incident. In the 2000 Olympic gold medal game, Jackson swung her arm in a strange way that removed Leslie’s ponytail extension from the back of her head. While the beef had more important moments, that bizarre one generated the most conversation and controversy. So … was it intentional? Jackson and Leslie have never agreed on this topic, so we’ve gotta investigate.

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