Racial slur dropped after Final Four game despicable

I’ll tell you this: after Saturday’s 71-64 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four, Kentucky and Andrew Harrison didn’t gain any new fans.

As if it were hard enough to celebrate Kentucky coach John Calipari’s mastery of the flawed one-and-done rule, Harrison’s (the “star” point-guard) post-game antics overshadowed what was an incredibly hard-fought win by the Badgers — making it difficult to respect the team, regardless of their 38-1 record.

Before we get to the post-game comments, let’s talk about the team. The team was on the brink of all-time greatness. The team, through the course of the season, received 38 post-game handshakes, a sign of respect, but could not do the same to a team from Wisconsin that got the better of them. An action like that gives Kentucky haters incentive to say “I told you so,” and gives Kentucky bandwagon supporters a reason to rethink where their loyalties lie.

Sure, expectations weren’t met. As talented as this team is, they failed to reach a status that only seven teams have … ever. In all of Division I college basketball, only seven teams have gone undefeated. Many have tried, and most have come up short. Kentucky fell two games short of a near-impossible task.

Oh, I get it. The Wildcats evidently let expectations get to their heads to the extent they somehow believed the Badgers were not worthy of acknowledgement, or respect.

The truth is, this Kentucky team wasn’t as good as they were hyped to be. But when arrogance is running through the program from top to bottom, antics such as refusing to acknowledge defeat aren’t surprising.

Fact: no one is as good or bad as people hype them to be — you’re always somewhere in the middle.

When a reporter asked Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns a question about Badger center Frank Kaminsky, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Harrison murmured a racial obscenity — the N-word — about Kaminsky that was picked up by the microphones used by the NCAA.

Harrison’s comment went viral on social media, which led to him updating followers with a conversation Harrison said he had with Kaminsky. Harrison sent several tweets out that apologized for his behavior.

Two things don’t add up: Harrison’s so-called respect he has for Kaminsky and his tweet that said, “I didn’t mean any disrespect.”


Nevermind the use of the N-word. The bigger issue is the poor message Harrison’s regrets send to the innumerable soon-to-be collegiate athletes.

Behavior such as this is not and will never be accepted. In any sport.

The fact is, Kaminsky got the better of Harrison and the Wildcats. At the moment, it was time to acknowledge it and give him and the Badgers their just due.

Win or loss, respect covers all. Saturday night, the Kentucky Wildcats, led by Harrison, showed what little respect they have for Kaminsky, Wisconsin and millions of viewers.