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Missouri AD apologizes to South Carolina women's basketball coach and will pay $50,000 to settle lawsuit

Missouri AD apologizes to South Carolina women's basketball coach and will pay $50,000 to settle lawsuit
Published On: Fri, May 25
Dec 14, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Montrezl Harrell (24) dunks against the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks during the second half at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated North Carolina-Wilmington 68-57. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk and South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley reached a settlement agreement on Thursday stemming from a defamation lawsuit filed by the Gamecocks coach.

The suit was filed in February after Sterk claimed Staley promoted an "unhealthy" type of atmosphere at South Carolina's home game against Missouri on Jan. 28. Sterk alleged that during the game, Staley promoted Missouri players to be spit on, taunted with racial slurs and treated poorly.

South Carolina conducted its own investigation into the claims in the aftermath but found no confirmation of the alleged behavior. SheA  filed the suit citing Sterk's "false, defamatory and reckless statements."

According to a statement released by the University of Missouri, the $50,000 settlement requires $25,000 go to Staley's INNERSOLE nonprofit organization and the other $25,000 be put toward attorney fees.

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