Dawn Staley files defamation lawsuit against Missouri’s Athletic Director

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South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley really did not like being accused of contributing to a hostile atmosphere when the Missouri Tigers faced the defending national champion Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena last month.

So much that she filed a lawsuit against Missouri’s director of athletics, Jim Sterk.

Per reports, the lawsuit filed by the Gamecocks’ national champion coach was filed on Thursday and is seeking up to $75,000 worth of damages.

When the Tigers played South Carolina on Jan. 28, Sterk said that Gamecocks fans spat on Tigers fans and that Mizzou’s players were called the n-word.

Sterk’s comments that alleged Staley contributed to the supposed hostile atmosphere were said in a radio interview with Mizzou’s flagship radio station.

Another entity that did not take too kindly to Sterk’s comments was the Southeastern Conference. The SEC issued a public reprimand – and a $25,000 fine of its own to Sterk.

The beef between Staley and Sterk has even garnered the attention of South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster. Needless to say, McMaster did not mince words on Twitter.


By: Akiem Bailum (@AkiemBailum on Twitter, Instagram)

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