Black Kentucky player apologizes for calling white opponent N-word after Final Four loss

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By Kevin Conlon

CNN

(CNN) — A University of Kentucky basketball player is apologizing for the “poor choice of words” he muttered under his breath after the team’s stunning loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

As a deflated panel of Wildcats fielded a reporter’s question about Wisconsin standout Frank Kaminsky, a hot mic picked up Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison saying of Kaminsky, “F**k that (N-word).”

Harrison, who is is black, said his words were “in jest,” and that he meant no disrespect to Kaminsky, who is white.

“First I want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know,” Harrison tweeted. “When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect.”

Kaminsky — the 2015 Associated Press player of the year — said Sunday that he was “over it.”

“He reached out to me. We talked about it. [I’m] Over it,” he said. “Nothing needs to be made out of it.”

Harrison said he wished Kaminsky well in Monday’s national title game against Duke.

“We had a good conversation, and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.”

CNN reached out to Kentucky for comment on Sunday but did not hear back.

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4 comments

  • bob

    Why does the headline mention he’s black? Why does it make a difference? Aren’t we all equal?

    If a word is OK for one person to use it’s OK for everyone.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      The word in question is only offensive when used by non-African Americans. In the old days we would have referred to it as a double-standard.

      • miles (dave)

        i dont think your totally wrong. however i think you will respect what i have to say about it.

        i think anything is only offensive when the listener chooses to let them self get offended. granted some things that can be done or said are easier for most people to get offended at. but in the end, its rare but when someone calls me a name, or says something that they are trying to be offensive with, i first ask my self do i respect this person, do i want to be like this person, dose this person do anything important better than i do? and if the answer is nos then i let that person know i dont give a care about there opinion because they are not as good as i am at making choices.

        there are some times tho that someone dose say something to me that they are trying to be offensive with but it turns out they are right and i really do whatever bad thing they accuse me of and in that case i have to eat it and choose to fix whatever they say that is not good that i do, as long as it is worth the effort of fixing it. also in some cases on the part of the accuser a description of how i am to fix whatever problem they are complaining about is needed, and if they dont then once again i stop caring about there opinions, if they dont care enough to help me fix it then they dont care enough.

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