Dawn Staley took to Twitter to express disappointment in ESPN's decision not to extend an invitation to UofSC women's basketball player Aliyah Boston, who is in the running for an Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPYS) award.
Boston is nominated for Best College Athlete in Women's Sports.
@espn @ESPYS we really want answers to why our @MarchMadnessWBB NPOY DPOY @aa_boston was not invited to the ESPYS. This is yet another slap in our faces but hey we aren’t surprised just annoyed. The fight continues…..— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) July 17, 2022
In a written statement, Jay Jay Nesheim, senior director of communications for ESPN, said Boston was not invited because the award she is nominated for will not be featured in the live ESPYS broadcast.
"We have the utmost respect for Aliyah Boston, Dawn Staley, and the South Carolina Gamecocks," said Nesheim. "Due to both COVID restrictions and a new venue with much less seating capacity than previous shows, the 2022 ESPYS prioritized athlete invitations to focus on specific awards that will be handed out during the broadcast."
The men's and women's Best College Athlete awards was announced during the ESPYS preview show on ESPN Tuesday night.