INDIANAPOLIS - Still stinging from a loss that ruined Kentucky's perfect season, guard Andrew Harrison muttered a racial slur toward Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky that was caught on an open mic Saturday night. But Kaminsky on Sunday said he received a "sincere" apology from Harrison and considers the matter closed.
During the postgame news conference, when Kentucky teammate Karl-Anthony Towns was asked what made it hard to defend Kaminsky, Harrison cursed and used a racial slur under his breath to refer to Kaminsky, who said he received a text message from Harrison late Saturday night asking to discuss the incident.
"I'm glad he reached out," Kaminsky said Sunday. "He's a nice kid, and he said he really respects me and he really apologizes for what he said. I could tell he was sincere about it."
Asked how he felt when he first heard Harrison's comment, Kaminsky said, "Things are said all the time. Things are said on the court when microphones aren't on. It's not that big of a deal to me. The situation is completely defused in my eyes." Andrew Harrison and twin brother Aaron noticeably did not take part in the handshake line. After Andrew's remark went public, he took to Twitter to apologize.
"First, I want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know," Harrison wrote. "When I realized how this could be perceived, I immediately called Frank to apologize and let him know I didn't mean any disrespect. We had a good conversation, and I wished him luck in the championship game Monday."