By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team has announced they have canceled their series with the BYU Cougars. This was supposed to be a home-and-home series.
Why? Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley said that it was due to an alleged racial incident.
“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”
South Carolina is seeking a new home and home opponent.
The problem? The Duke Blue Devils player Rachel Richardson, who is black, claimed that someone at a BYU volleyball game made alleged racial comments from the student section.
A fan has been banned from the school over the incident. However, Cougar Chronicle and the police contradict what Richardson claims.
In fact, the student newspaper and the police said nothing happened that she alleged. The Cougar Chronicle interviewed several people, including some in the student section, who commented that they heard no insensitive comments.
The student newspaper were clear in saying that the allegations never happened.
BYU police Lt. George Besendorfer told the Salt Lake Tribune that he has reviewed video of the alleged incident. He could not find any insensitive comments.
He also said to the newspaper that no one has come forward to collaborate Richardson’s claims.
Perhaps Staley did not know about the student newspaper or the police report before she made her comments.