Is Dawn Staley Married? Relationships & Sexuality - Finally Discussed
In 2017, American basketball hall of fame player & coach Dawn Staley led the South Carolina Gamecocks to her and the program's first-ever NCCA Women's Basketball National Championship. With the win, she cemented her spot on the pantheon of all-time basketball greats.
With her 2019 recruiting class polled in top 5 by ESPN, the three-time Olympic gold medalist along with her USC team looks all set to replicate the success of their 2016/17 season.
The talk of her decorated career, both as a coach and player, runs endlessly, but what about her relationships with her partners? Is she happily married to her husband? Or is she - like the rumors claim - a lesbian? Could she be single? Read along to learn more including her parents & age!
Relationships: Married To Husband? Or Single With No Partner?
The stereotype suggesting that competitive women tend to be sexually deviant is true to Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) athletes as well.
Dawn, whose playing career spanned over a decade playing for numerous WNBA outfits, isn't immune to the abovementioned negative stereotype about her sexuality either.
Although she has never taken offense on being labeled a lesbian by the misogynistic fans; the former Houston Comtes guard, age 40, also hasn't spoken on the very matter.
Refraining to shed light on neither her sexuality nor her relationships in interviews, Dawn has opted for more of a passive-aggressive approach on Twitter when it comes to divulging her thoughts on being married and husband material.
The Philly native once jokingly called a Twitter user(@ksan_indiangirl) her husband. The tweet which dates back to 2009 reads:-
"@ksan_indiangirl keep the house clean & me well feed....we can call u my domestic husband. :)"
Nine years later, Dawn would once again lit up her Twitter feed by tapping into her sarcastic pit as she likened her relationship with her assistant at USC, Lisa Boyer to that of a married couple.
Dawn Staley cheeking drop thoughts on being married (Photo:- Dawn Staley's Twitter)
All in all, the South Carolina Gamecocks head coach could be single at this very moment.
Embracing LGBTQ Community: Lauded By Lesbian Assistant For Embracing Her Partner
For Dawn, who has never identified herself as a lesbian, the LGBTQ community has welcomed her with open arms.
Suffice to say that the feeling of admiration is mutual. Speaking to the Chicago Tribune in 2014, the former WNBA legend stressed the importance of embracing the LGBTQ community by saying:-
"Any time any community embraces this league, you want to support them. I think the WNBA will embrace any group that embraces their organization."
So when her openly lesbian assistant at the USC, Melanie Balcomb came forth with the story of how Dawn had embraced both her partner and their kids in the 2017 New York Times interview, nobody acted surprised. Melanie revealed:-
“We haven’t been welcomed everywhere, and Dawn welcomed me and my family. It’s been an unbelievable experience.”
In 2018, Dawn - whose parents were initially from South Carolina - created headlines for a different reason. She and Missouri athletics director Jim Strek settled her defamation lawsuit filed in February.