Baltimore Sun

Staley upset at ESPYs for Boston snub


South Carolina’s Dawn Staley, pictured, called out ESPN and its ESPY awards show for not inviting national player of the year Aliyah Boston to its ceremonies on Wednesday night. Staley mused publicly on social media how the people who planning the ceremonies decided “it was a great idea not to invite” the woman who won several national awards as one of the best players in women’s college basketball last season. “Not one person was able to see the uproar this would cause? There’s definitely something wrong with the make up of the room,” she said on Twitter. Boston captured the Wooden Award and AP honors as player of the year. She was also named Most Outstandin­g Player at the Final Four. Boston is nominated for “Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports.” ESPN and the ESPYs have “the utmost respect” for Boston, Staley, and the Gamecocks, according to a statement by ESPN. However, due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns and a new venue with less seating capacity, organizers “prioritize­d athlete invitation­s to focus on specific awards that will be handed out during the broadcast.”

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