Dawn Staley calls out ESPN for not inviting National Player of the Year to ESPYs


South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston dominated women’s college basketball this past season, not only helping guide the Gamecocks to a national championship, but also winning the National Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards along the way.

Her junior campaign featured an SEC-record streak of 27 consecutive double-doubles en route to averaging 16.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game that led to a nomination from ESPN for the “Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports” ESPY.

But Boston was not invited to attend the ESPYs, which will be held at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley celebrates while forward Aliyah Boston holds up the championship trophy after the Gamecocks' victory over UConn.

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley called out at ESPN for the oversight on social media, blasting the network for the decision.

“Like really… Who in the room from @ESPN @ESPYs decided it was a great idea to not invite @MarchMadnessWBB NPOT DPOY… not one person was able to see the uproar this would cause? There’s definitely something wrong with the makeup of the room… the fight continue… #WBBSTANDUP,” Staley tweeted Sunday night.

Boston’s omission from invitee list, and Staley’s remarks, stirred social media, calling ESPN’s actions “disrespectful” to Boston.


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