University of Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized Sunday for directing an obscenity and a racial slur at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Frank Kaminsky during a Final Four postgame news conference, according to the Associated Press.
Harrison, who is African American, muttered ''F—k that n—ger'' into a live microphone when another player was asked a question about Kaminsky, who is white, after the Kentucky Wildcats lost 71-64 to Wisconsin's Badgers Saturday. The Wildcats, previously undefeated, finished the season with 38 wins and 1 loss.
Harrison, a sophomore, made the comment when a reporter asked Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns about defending Kaminsky, who is 7 feet tall. He made the statement with a hand covering his mouth, but the mic picked it up, AP notes.
The comment sparked an outrage on Twitter, which posted Harrison's comments along with video clips, prompting sports officials to look into the matter.
Later, Harrison took to Twitter 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,'' he said in another tweet.
In another Tweet, Harrison said that he and Kaminsky had a ''good conversation'' and he wished him good luck in Monday's championship game.
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