South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster demands apology from Missouri and the SEC, defends Dawn Staley

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Another prominent names has gotten involved in the ever growing beef between the South Carolina and Missouri women’s basketball programs. And this time, it is the Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster.

The South Carolina Governor took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon demanding an apology.

“Anything short of a full retraction & apology from @SEC and @Mizzou is an insult to every South Carolinian,” McMAster tweeted. “@Dawnstaley is GOLD MEDAL role model for our daughters and sons. We stand with Dawn. #TeamSC.”

Earlier this week, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley filed a defamation lawsuit against Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk, after Sterk claimed that Staley “promoted” an atmosphere that reportedly led to Tigers players being spit on by fans during a game between Missouri and South Carolina on Jan. 28 in Columbia, S.C.

After the lawsuit had been reported, Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright and University of Missouri System President Mun Y. Cho rerleased a joint statement defending Sterk, who was hired in 2016.

“We remain confident in University of Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk. 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. He has proven himself to be an excellent administrator,” the statement said.

Sterk was also fined $25,000 by the SEC for his comments. Per a report from Aaron Reiss of the Kansas City Star, Staley is seeking $75,000 in damages from the lawsuit. South Carolina and Missouri split the regular season meetings, but the two teams could meet a third time in the SEC Tournament. The Gamecocks are in second in the SEC and Missouri is tied for third. Both teams have one regular season game remaining.

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