Dawn Staley’s Louis Vuitton Outfit Sparks Outrage (Photos)

Dawn Staley’s Louis Vuitton Outfit Sparks Outrage (Photos)

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley won her second NCAA Championship in five years on Sunday night when South Carolina defeated UConn 64-49.

In doing so, Staley etched her name into the history books and solidified her place as one of the game’s biggest and most important personalities.

Unfortunately, a viral side plot stole the show from an otherwise masterful showing by Staley: her insanely expensive Louis Vuitton letterman jacket and matching shoes.

The $4,850 wardrobe choice largely speaks for itself:

While some absolutely loved Staley’s move, others seemed deeply upset by it:

Of course, not everyone felt this way. Other folks seemed to be big fans of the jacket and what it represented:

This isn’t the first time in recent months a women’s college basketball coach has landed in the headlines for her provocative outfit choice.

Interestingly enough, Staley’s pick of jacket wasn’t the lone South Carolina move that drew the ire of some fans. There was also this photo of them seemingly boycotting the national anthem last week.

In a January 2021 conversation, Staley admitted that she wanted to “bring awareness to racial injustice in our country.”

That said, she made it a point to highlight that this came from a deep love of the United States.

“I love our country, too,” she said at the time. “I don’t like what our country has come to, or what our country has been, but I’d like to think that there are people in our country that’s going to lead us more in a unified way than a divisive way, and I’m here for that.”

Big picture, Staley now has the sort of profile in collegiate basketball that can’t be denied. Anything she says or does will be headline news – because she has earned that level of notoriety and respect.

In a college basketball season that has seen an Arizona star get involved in a bizarre groping controversyan ESPN cameraman consistently and without shame zoom in on a cheerleader’s butt and a troubling scandal involving a player and cheerleader, this jacket thing seems like a fairly insignificant brouhaha.

More likely than not, folks will move past it fairly quickly. Not that Staley seems to care much, one way or the other.

What will the South Carolina coach ultimately go viral for next? Time will tell.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.
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