What Happened To Breanna Stewart’s Eye? The New York Liberty PF’s Injury Explained

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New York Liberty power forward Breanna Stewart is sporting a black eye on the court. What happened? Here’s what we know about the injury.

For those who haven’t been following, the New York Liberty is a certified superteam. With star ballers like Courtney Vandersloot, Jonquel Jones, Sabrina Ionescu, and Breanna Stewart, this is the Big Apple’s best chance at claiming its long-awaited first WNBA title in, well, ever.

The super team is off to a phenomenal start, and it seems nothing will keep them from achieving their dreams — not even Breanna Stewart’s nasty black eye. Speaking of, what happened to her eye? Stick around for all the details.

Breanna Stewart sports a black eye during the Liberty-Storm game on May 30, 2023.

What happened to Breanna Stewart’s eye?

During the Liberty’s game against the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, May 27, the power forward forced a turnover at half-court. As she grabbed the ball, Sun forward Alyssa Thomas smacked Breanna in the face. A foul was called, and as Breanna shot her free throws, a welt, and bruising appeared around her left eye.

espnW tweeted about the incident, stating Alyssa Thomas “accidentally hit” Breanna — and fans weren’t too happy about the “accidentally” part. One person said, “That was no accident. It was a sucker punch,” while another claimed that Alyssa Thomas “never hits anyone accidentally.”

A third called back to the start of the 2023 WNBA season when Alyssa Thomas “swung a closed fist into [2023 No. 1 overall draft pick Aliyah] Boston’s face on the season opener. She was just swinging her arms of course, and it was pure coincidence that only one of her hands was in a fist at the time.”

On May 31, 2023, ESPN sports telecaster Holly Rowe shared a brief video of Breanna showing off the shiner on her left eye. Although they were trying to get through an interview, the reporter said she kept getting distracted by the WNBA superstar’s black eye.

“Is this maybe the worse black eye you’ve ever had?” Holly asked Breanna, who swiftly responded: “Yes.” She then joked that the black eye is “making my eyes pop.” We hate to say it, but she’s totally right — the purple and yellow bruising really brings out the blue in Breanna’s eyes!