Greenville, S.C. (FOX Carolina) The Greenville, South Carolina (FOX Carolina) South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley stands by her decision to end the program’s match in conjunction with Brigham Young University.
The decision was made following an BYU fan was accused of using an racial slur towards Rachel Richardson, a black volleyball player from Duke.
BYU initially apologized, but then apologized, but then reversed its decision following an internal investigation that found no evidence. Staley stated that Wednesday’s investigation didn’t alter Richardson’s personal account.
“Did the young lady come out and say that she apologized for hearing something wrong?” Staley responded when asked about her position. “Did she appear to say this? So that’s the story she told. That’s the one she’s stuck with. When she finally admits to it I’ll be the first one to apologize. I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m not right. But it’s not yet be proven. So , that’s what I’m going with.”
South Carolina was scheduled to begin their season with a match against BYU on the 7th of November in Columbia. The Gamecocks announced they would be hosting East Tennessee State University on the same day.
“I exchanged information with BYU and Duke and I still came to the same conclusion,” Staley stated following practice Wednesday. “We’re only going to need to agree to disagree, but in a way that is mutually acceptable in this case. Anything that’s been released of Duke’s perspective. That’s what they came up with. Anything that comes out of their BYU aspect of things. This is their view of it. There are many perspectives on this. Every person has a different viewpoint. The choice to accept it or not is a matter of perspective. We will stick to our convictions about the truth for us.”