SC coach Dawn Staley sues Mizzou athletic director Jim Sterk

SC coach Dawn Staley sues Mizzou athletic director Jim Sterk

SC women's coach Dawn Staley has filed a defamation lawsuit against Missouri's athletic department. "We certainly know what she stands for and we're extremely proud of what she's done her, so comments that were made, we don't understand that and only Jim Sterk can explain his reasoning".

Staley's attorney told USA Today in a statement that Sterk not only slandered Staley, but SC fans as well.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced that the conference fined Sterk $25,000 and reprimanded him for claiming that the SC women's basketball coach promoted an atmosphere that allowed for racial slurs and spitting on opposing players from the Gamecock fans. The Tigers lost 64-54 to the Gamecocks.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Richland County, South Carolina, Staley cites Sterk's "false, defamatory and reckless" statements as reasons for the suit. "Mr. Sterk not only slandered Coach Staley but the Gamecock fan base as well, and she will not let him destroy in one day the sterling reputation she has spent a lifetime building".

On Jan. 31, Staley said, "The allegations are false and they will be handled as such".

SC athletic director Ray Tanner conducted an investigation, found no evidence for Sterk's allegations and asked the Missouri AD to retract his comments.


Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk reportedly has been fined.

South Carolina's athletics department and Staley's attorney have not returned messages requesting further comment.

The lawsuit alleges that Sterk told KTGR radio he heard fans use racial slurs to Missouri players.

Staley is suing and accusing Sterk of libel/slander.

"Competition among SEC teams is highly intense but can never compromise the expectation of respect between our institutions", Sankey said. I have had multiple conversations over the past few weeks with representatives of both schools about the problems emanating from their January 28 game and it has been my desire for those issues to be mutually resolved between the athletic programs and individuals involved. "Coach Pingeton and Coach Staley have both worked tirelessly to build nationally-ranked teams comprised of outstanding student-athletes, and both teams should be celebrated for their success". 4 SC at Columbia, Mo., earlier in the season. If the Tigers do finish third and the Gamecocks hold on to their second place spot, the two teams could meet in the SEC Tournament semifinals.

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