Missouri Athletic Director Says South Carolina Fans Used N-Word at Women’s Basketball Players, Blames South Carolina Coach…Who Is Black

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 02: Head coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks cuts down the net after winning the 2017 NCAA championship.  (Image via Getty)

DALLAS, TX – APRIL 02: Head coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks cuts down the net after winning the 2017 NCAA championship. (Image via Getty)

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk made a pretty bold accusation about Sunday’s women’s basketball game against South Carolina.

Not only did Sterk assert that fans directed the n-word at some of his players. He put the blame on South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley. Who is black.

Sterk’s accusation came after the second of two hard-fought games between the SEC rivals this month. After the first, a 83-74 victory for Missouri on January 7, it was alleged that some Missouri fans called some South Carolina players “thugs.”

Things reportedly got ugly again after Sunday’s game, a 64-54 win for South Carolina. According to former Missouri player Sierra Michaelis, some South Carolina fans spit on Missouri players as they walked off the court.

The spitting allegation was later affirmed by Missouri coach Robin Pingeton. However, she was very diplomatic in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, acknowledging that fans on both sides need to behave better.

“I was really disappointed with some things that transpired,” Pingeton said. “There’s no place in our game for that. Fans got to be better all around. Our side, their side, everybody’s side. Fans got to be better. These are daughters playing a game they love to play. There were certainly some things that were really unfortunate that transpired, not only verbally and some other things (spitting) you alluded to. It’s really unfortunate. But you’ve got two fan bases that are passionate and just got to clean it up a little bit.”

Missouri AD Jim Sterk was considerably less diplomatic while talking to Columbia, Missouri’s KTGR 100.5 FM.

It’s one thing to blame Coach Staley for creating a hostile atmosphere. But blaming a black coach for racism? That’s pretty ridiculous.

So far Staley has had nothing to say about Sterk’s allegations. However, the South Carolina athletic department issued a statement saying they take allegations of racism very seriously, but that they have not found any evidence that any of their fans used the N-word on Sunday.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]

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