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Don Staley, basketball legend and head coach of South Carolina Women’s Basketballcalled out ESPN for failing to invite Aaliyah Boston to its ESPY Awards this week.
Staley rebukes ESPN for not inviting Boston, which helped Gamecock to the championship in 2022, won the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, won Naismith College Player of the Year, won the John R. Wooden Award, Wade Trophy. won the AP Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Boston is also nominated Best College Athlete in the ESPYs, for the Female Sport. The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday.
“Really like…. Who in @espn @ESPYS’s room decided it was a good idea not to invite @MarchMadnessWBB NPOY DPOY. The room’s……the battle continues….#WBSTANDUP,” Staley said on Sunday tweeted.
South Carolina women’s basketball spokeswoman Diana Koval said Boston had not been invited until Monday and Staley did not plan to attend the ceremony.
ESPN responded in a statement.
“We have the utmost respect for Aaliyah Boston, Don Staley and the South Carolina Gamecock,” the outlet said. “Due to COVID restrictions and a new venue with much lower seating capacity than previous shows, the ‘2022 ESPYs’ prioritized athlete invitations to focus on specific prizes awarded during the broadcast.”
Staley, Boston and Gamecock won the women’s basketball title on ESPN. Staley was also part of an ESPN documentary focused on the recent emergence of WNBA’s,
The Associated Press contributed to this report.