MU settles defamation lawsuit involving Athletic Director Jim Sterk

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:54:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in Sports
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after Athletic Director Jim Sterk said fans of the South Carolina women's basketball team used racial slurs and spit on his players after a game in January.

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley sued for defamation saying Sterk's comments suggested she promoted a racist atmosphere.

In a press release Thursday, Sterk said, “I do not believe Coach Staley would promote such conduct, and I sincerely apologize to her for those comments."

In the same press release, Staley said she accepts that apology.

"I look forward to moving past this with a continued spirited but positive competition amongst our programs," she said.

Half of the settlement will go to pay for Staley's attorneys and the other $25,000 will be donated to her non-profit foundation INNERSOLE, which provides new sneakers to children who are homeless or in need.

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