Kash Daniel and the rest of Kentucky’s defense spoke with media members Wednesday evening, so No. 56 was finally able to officially respond to allegations he purposefully twisted Kyle Trask’s ankle following one of the Gator’s failed two-point conversions last Saturday. Of course, he responded in the most ‘Kash Daniel’ way possible – definitively, and with some grit.
“Do I talk a lot of crap? Absolutely. Do I bump a dude here and there to get underneath his skin and talk while I’m doing it? Absolutely. That’s a part of my game; that’s what I do. But am I out there to deliberately hurt somebody? Absolutely not.”
A video began to surface online Sunday showing an incident between Daniel and Florida’s quarterback, which showed Daniel’s hand near Trask’s foot after the play. The video doesn’t give viewers a clear view of the incident, but it is clear Daniel eventually rips his hand from the pile before jawing with Trask. The two were quickly separated.
Since the allegations started, it’s been hard for Daniel to take the criticism without having the chance to properly respond.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut about it; I’ve been biting my tongue as long as I can.”
As far as the “dirty play” criticisms go, Daniel is hearing none of it.
“That’s something I actually hold close to me. I’m a victim of a dirty play. If you don’t believe me, I’ve got a plate and seven screws in my right ankle to prove that,” Daniel said, referencing an injury he had in high school.
Daniel went on to list some of his lasting injuries from throughout his football career before detailing what he says actually happened with Trask.
“This surgically-repaired hand has two screws in it, [and] if enough weight goes on it, it still hurts like a you-know-what. My hand is caught underneath here, I instantly get stepped on, I’m trying to move shit around, I pull my hand up there last second… I got it stuck under a lineman’s leg with all that weight on it. Then I pulled it free from that, kept moving stuff, kept hitting legs and finally pulled it through. Maybe [Trask] felt something weird – I don’t know. But I’m not out there to twist nobody’s ankle or hurt nobody. End of story.”
And what did the Gators have to say on the field after the incident?
“I heard something [number] 56, and I play with an F-you mentality. When I hear someone say my number, I’m going to turn around and say it right back to them.”
To watch Daniel’s re-enactment of his hand during the incident, check out Eli Gehn’s video for LEX18 below.
“I’m not out there to twist nobody’s ankle or hurt nobody.”@KashDaniel15 received some scrutiny for an alleged dirty play on Florida QB Kyle Trask. @JonHale_CJ asked Kash for his side of the story. pic.twitter.com/ZaOhFWkYWA
— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnLEX18) September 18, 2019