South Carolina Basketball: Dawn Staley calls out radio station over offensive comments about her player

South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley came to the defense of Kamilla Cardoso after a CBS Sports employee said some offensive things about her on air.
South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley
South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

In case you live under a rock (or don't follow women's college basketball at all), Dawn Staley's South Carolina basketball team captured their 8th SEC title in 10 years over the weekend, but a scuffle marred the game's final minutes.

After referees allowed for a more-than-basketball level of physicality to affect the game, an intentional foul from LSU's Flau'jae Johnson on Gamecock guard MiLaysia Fulwiley set off a chain of events that ended with USC center Kamilla Cardoso pushing Johnson down.

There were no punches thrown. The appropriate ejections were made. Dawn Staley issued an apology. Kim Mulkey...well, behaved like everyone expects Kim Mulkey to behave. Cardoso was issued a 1-game suspension and delivered a heartfelt apology on social media. After a day or two of it being a talking point, that should have been the end of this story, right?

Well, four days later, some people still want to talk about what happened in the SEC Tournament championship game. Early on Thursday, during a CBS Sports Minute (one that was aired on various CBS affiliates across the nation, including the local 107.5 The Game), JR Jackson made some offensive comments about Cardoso.

Using the radio name JRSportBrief, he delivered the CBS Sports Minute and talked about how he was looking forward to the women's NCAA Tournament. "I'm ready for Angel Reese, Caitlin Clark, and that giant Brazilian woman from South Carolina who knocks people over."

Jackson's unkind words about Cardoso and his focus on what happened Sunday did not sit well with Coach Staley.

The South Carolina basketball head coach took to social media to call out CBS Sports and demand an apology on behalf of her player. When both 107.5 (who had no control over the nationally-run CBS Sports Minute) and CBS Sports executives apologized quickly, Staley said the apologies were "accepted with love and understanding" by the player-coach duo.

As of this writing, Jackson has not issued an apology, though, he has been active on social media enough to make fun of another athlete in the form of new Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson..

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