Report: South Carolina's Dawn Staley files defamation lawsuit against Missouri A.D. Jim Sterk
Three weeks ago, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley strongly denied Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk’s claim that Tigers players were subject to racial slurs and spitting from Gamecock fans at the end of a hotly contested game.
“The accusations are serious and false, and they will handled in a manner reflective of those facts,” Staley said via 3 weeks ago via The State. “And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
Staley wasn’t messing around.
According to a report from WIS-10, Staley filed a defamation suit against Sterk for his claim that Staley created an atmosphere to incite the alleged conduct from South Carolina fans:
#BREAKING: @dawnstaley has filed a lawsuit against @Mizzou A.D. Jim Sterk in reference to comments he made to @KTGRBigShow after a tough game last month. "I think Coach Staley promoted that kind of atmosphere," Sterk said after fans allegedly spit and used the N-word. @wis10 pic.twitter.com/2LO6XT0uYo
— Chad K. Mills (@ChadKMills) February 22, 2018
Staley already defended South Carolina fans by saying that she supports how and what they cheer at home games, and denied Sterk’s allegations.
On the court, Missouri and South Carolina are ranked No. 11 and No. 7, respectively. South Carolina won the only matchup of the year, which was when the back and forth began between Staley and Sterk.
Sterk has yet to comment publicly about Staley’s lawsuit.