Nobody anticipated the commotion this would cause? There's unquestionably a problem with the room's composition, she wrote on Twitter.

Boston, a rising senior who stands 6 feet 5 inches tall, won the Wooden Award and AP Player of the Year honors.

Jaelin Howell of Florida State, Jocelyn Alo of Oklahoma, and Charlotte North of Boston College are the nominees for "Best College Athlete, Women's Sports" in Boston.

ESPN's senior director of communications JJ Neshim said ESPY and ESPN have "the utmost respect" for Boston, Staley and Gamecock.

Organizers "preferred athlete invitations to focus on certain prizes that will be given out during the broadcast".

Boston had not received an invitation as of Monday, according to Diana Koval, a spokesperson for South Carolina women's basketball. Staley had no intention of going to the ceremony.

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Dawn Staley of South Carolina has criticised ESPN and the ESPY awards presentation for not inviting Aliyah Boston, the national player of the year, to their ceremonies on Wednesday night.