Dawn Staley is the essence of female empowerment, with her unprecedented achievements to boast of in her fearless basketball career. However, the same cannot be said for her personal life, particularly her relationship status and attitude toward marriage.
The American basketball coach has always kept her personal life private, never mentioning her lovers or allowing fans to speculate about her sexuality.
Lesbians, Dawn Staley and Lisa Boyer?
While Staley has never stated her relationship status or who her boyfriend is, she has allowed her followers to speculate about her sexuality and relationship.
Her uncompromising, outspoken personality has led many of her fans to believe she is a lesbian. And the rumors have been around for quite some time. “I think Dawn Staley is gay,” a Twitterati named Zaria commented in 2014.
Then, in March 2021, another Twitter user assumed she was a lesbian, though she clarified that she didn’t know for sure. “Dawn Staley a different type of elderly fine.. gay self.. ion even know if she is gay, but she looks like it,” she wrote on Twitter.
Surprisingly, lesbian stereotypes did not appear anywhere. Lisa Boyer, South Carolina’s assistant basketball coach, has long been tied to Staley.
There is no other proof that Staley is married to Lisa Boyer outside the tweet. Neither of them has verified their relationship or used the term “partner” to describe each other.
The Death of Her Parents
On May 4, 1970, Clarence Staley and Estelle Staley welcomed their first child, Staley.
Her parents married and moved to South Carolina from North Philadelphia in the 1950s when she was a teenager. Lawrence Staley, Anthony Staley, Eric Staley, Tracey Staley Underwood, and Dawn Staley are their five children, three boys, and two girls.
Staley, the youngest of her siblings, tragically lost her father in 2006 due to sickness. Her mother, who encouraged her to focus on her schooling while playing basketball, had Alzheimer’s at the time.
Staley relocated to South Carolina to care for her mother. Her mother, who had been thriving for years, died in August 2017 at the age of 74.
Requested Assistance for Sister’s Cancer
Staley requested well wishes from her followers for her sister’s early recovery from leukemia, which she expects to happen in May 2020.
Tracey Staley Underwood, the head coach of the University of South Carolina, announced on Twitter that she had been diagnosed with leukemia, a kind of blood cancer. She then begged that her followers send Tracey cards and letters to cheer her up.
Her sister healed following the plea, thanks to five chemotherapies and a bone marrow transplant in August 2020. Lawrence, their brother, provided the required stem cells as a 10/10 match for the donation.
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