Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized for muttering an obscenity and a racial slur as a question was asked at a press conference about Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky after Saturday night’s national semifinal game in Indianapolis.
A live microphone picked up Harrison mumbling derogatory words as teammate Karl-Anthony Towns was listening to a reporter’s question about the Badgers senior forward, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds in Wisconsin’s 71-64 win.
Harrison’s hand was over his mouth as he muttered the obscenity and racial slur, making it difficult to hear, but social media immediately reacted.
Harrison took to Twitter early Sunday morning:
“First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.
“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
“We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.”
A Kentucky spokesman said the team would speak with Harrison, who had 13 points and four assists in the Wildcats’ first loss of the season after 38 wins, about his remarks.
“We have no comment until we have had a chance to evaluate it,” Kentucky spokesman Eric Lindsey said.
Kaminsky responded to the issue on Saturday, telling reporters, “He reached out to me, we talked about it, (I’m) over it. Nothing needs to be made out of it.”
Wisconsin advanced to face Duke in the national championship game on Monday night. Top-ranked Kentucky’s season ended with a 38-1 record.