Kaminsky on racial slur by Harrison: ‘Over it’
C.L. Brown, College Basketball Reporter
INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky brushed off an obscenity and a racial slur made by Kentucky Wildcats guard Andrew Harrison after the Badgers won Saturday night to advance to the national championship game.
Yes, Wisconsin wants a title Monday night. But more important, the Badgers want to change perception, to be recognized among the elite.
Harrison, caught on a live microphone, uttered “F— that n—-” after a question about Kaminsky was directed to UK forward Karl-Anthony Towns. Harrison apologized on Twitter early Sunday morning after calling Kaminsky.
“He reached out to me, we talked about it, [I’m] over it,” Kaminsky told reporters Saturday. “Nothing needs to be made out of it.”
Kaminsky had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Wisconsin to a 71-64 victory to end the Wildcats’ quest for a perfect season at 38-1.
Harrison’s tweets said his choice of words were used “in jest” and that he “didn’t mean any disrespect” to Kaminsky.
First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.
— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015
Harrison wished him luck in the national title game against the Duke Blue Devils.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, asked if it was a teachable moment, was also ready to quickly put the comments aside and move on.
“In this day and age, it always reminds all of us that whatever we say can and will be heard, it seems,” Ryan said. “The teaching moment is the individual himself learned from it obviously by reaching out to Frank, so we’ll leave it at that.”