Dawn Staley expressed support for South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer on Monday after he apologized for yelling at the athletes walk off the field during Saturday’s game.
Gamecock women’s basketball coach and former five-time WNBA All-Star. posted on twitter to say how positive Beamer has been since entering the school in December 2020.
“We know you’ve been supporting our programs since the day you became @GamecockFB Head Coach!” she wrote. “All hands on deck to win Saturday!”
During Gamecocks home game against Georgia BulldogsSouth Carolina invited their athletes to the field between the first and second quarters to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Beamer was caught on video yelling towards the end zone where the athletes had gathered to “get off the field”.
He received backlash for his conduct, which he said was an uproar as his team was about to convert a fourth down. In his apology, he said that he did not know about the tribute to the athletes.
“I hope people know me well enough to know what kind of advocate I am for women’s sports,” Beamer said. “I have two daughters who play sports. I compete in as many women’s sports events here in Carolina as possible because I believe in them and support them. Anyone who thinks otherwise probably doesn’t know me. .”
Staley won the women’s basketball championship in April the second name of the program. She became the first black coach, male or female, to win multiple championships in NCAA Division I history.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Don Staley defends South Carolina coach Shane Beamer after backlash