Posted on April 5, 2022

South Carolina Women’s Basketball Team Catches Flak for Skipping National Anthem at Final Four

Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, April 3, 2022

South Carolina’s Dawn Staley has the Gamecocks on the precipice of a women’s basketball national championship but the team was catching some flak for Friday night’s outing.

The Gamecocks were not on the court for the national anthem before their tip-off against Louisville. Cardinals players stood at one side of the court with their arms intertwined.

Staley’s team has stayed in the locker room during the anthem or protested in some form since the middle of the 2020-21 college basketball season. She told Andscape at the time that’s players were sitting during the national anthem in almost every game that season to “bring awareness to racial injustice in our country.”


According to Insider, most teams have stayed in the locker room as well until Louisville came out.