Dawn Staley expresses support for Shane Beamer after South Carolina football coach apologizes
Dawn Staley expressed her support for South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer on Monday after he apologized for yelling at women athletes to get off the field during a game Saturday.
The Gamecock's women's basketball coach and former five-time WNBA All-Star posted on Twitter to say how Beamer has been a positive presence since joining the school in December of 2020.
"We know you have done nothing but support our programs since the day you became @GamecockFB head coach!" she wrote. "All hands on deck to get a win on Saturday!"
During the Gamecocks' home game against the Georgia Bulldogs, South Carolina invited its women athletes on the field between the first and second quarters to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Beamer was caught on video yelling toward the end zone where the athletes were gathered to "get off the field."
He received backlash for his behavior, which he said was a heated reaction as his team was going for a fourth-down conversion. He said in his apology that he didn't know about the tribute to the athletes.
"I hope people know me well enough to know what an advocate I am for women's sports," Beamer said. "I've got two daughters of my own that play sports. I'm at as many women's athletic events here at Carolina as I possibly can be, because I believe them and support them. Anyone who thinks otherwise surely doesn't know me."
Staley won the women's basketball championship in April, the program's second title. She became the first Black coach — male or female — to win multiple championships in NCAA Division I history.