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Aliyah Boston calls out ‘racist comments’ after South Carolina loss

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South Carolina star Aliyah Boston is calling out racist comments made about her team following the Gamecocks’ Final Four loss to Iowa. 

After Friday’s defeat, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley pushed back against the negative perceptions of her players’ on-court physicality.

“We’re not bar fighters. We’re not thugs. We’re not monkeys. We’re not street fighters,” she said. “This team exemplifies how you need to approach basketball on the court and off the court. And I do think that that’s sometimes brought into the game, and it hurts.”

Staley added that a number of media members were “overheard talking about our team” while at an event near the arena on Thursday. 

Her star player further addressed such comments about the Gamecocks, including those that came online after the game.

“There should be no reason for the racists/disrespectful/hurtful comments that people are saying about this team,” Boston wrote on her Twitter account. “It’s important to remember that God is watching and even a computer screen won’t help. I don’t want to hear that this happens to everyone because we know it doesn’t.”

South Carolina freshman Raven Johnson also added her voice after LSU’s win against Iowa in the national championship game.

“Way to win the bar fight!!!!” she tweeted to LSU senior Alexis Morris after the Tigers’ win.