COLOMBIA, SC ( Associated Press) — South Carolina consensus player Aliyah Boston turned down a late invitation to the ESPY Awards show, saying the offer was even more damaging than being asked not to participate.
Boston helped Gamecock win the NCAA national title in April. She won national awards as the game’s top player, including Wooden and Associated Press Awards.
Boston, voted Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, expected to participate And was disappointed not to ask. “More sad to see the change at ESPN and invite me only after I’ve been on social media,” Boston posted on Twitter on Wednesday. “Respectfully, I declined.”
Boston coach Don Staley threw light on this fall this week. Staley spoke publicly on social media about how the people planning ESPYS decided “not to invite was a good idea” which won several national awards last season as one of the best players in women’s college basketball. Were.
“Not a single person could see what the uproar would be? There is definitely something wrong with the makeup of the room,” Staley said on Twitter.
In a statement, ESPN said COVID-19 concerns and a smaller venue forced organizers to prioritize invitees. Boston’s award category was handed out Tuesday night at the ESPYS preview show. Boston was nominated for “Best College Athlete, Female Sport”, an award that went to Oklahoma softball star Jocelyn Allo.
Boston said it was the latest example of a black woman’s achievements being overlooked, brushed off as a ‘mistake’ or an ‘overview’.
“Another excuse why our milestones and achievements are not a ‘priority’, this time, even now, 50 years after Title IX.”
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