The University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and University of Missouri System President Mun Y. Choi have released a joint statement pertaining the lawsuit SC women's basketball coach Dawn Staley filed against athletic director Jim Sterk, per Dave Matter. She avoided specifically mentioning any actions about Gamecock fans, but she said she was "really disappointed with some things that transpired". Staley's lawsuit filed Thursday in SC asks for no more than $75,000 in damages from Jim Sterk for damaging her reputation. Their side. Fans have got to be better.
"The accusations are serious and false". According to The State newspaper, she said the accusations would "be handled in a manner reflective of those facts". South Carolina's investigation into the matter apparently yielded no evidence that fans spit on players or used racial slurs during that game.
"Coach Staley has no choice but to bring this action to clear her good name and excellent reputation, along with the reputation of the SC fan base who were also falsely impugned and maligned by the defendant's false comments", the lawsuit said. It also references his refusal to retract his initial statement in an interview two days later as part of the reason for the suit.
The suit claims Sterk operated with "apparent ignorance of the outcry from the women's college basketball world" that his statements were false.
Missouri's athletic director, Jim Sterk, later appeared on the January 30 episode of KTGR 100.5 FM's The Big Show Podcast, where he voiced his displeasure with the atmosphere created when the Tigers visited the Gamecocks.
Sterk instead told another radio station he moved on and had nothing else to say.
"Competition among SEC teams is highly intense but can never compromise the expectation of respect between our institutions", Sankey said. "Since he came here in August 2016, Jim has exhibited a passion for our student athletes and their success and safety both on and off the court".
SC is second in the SEC standings, and Mizzou is in a three-way tie for third.