Officials are investigating a recent racial slur aimed at Erik Daniels, a former University of Kentucky men’s basketball player and the current head coach of the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team. The district’s superintendent says law enforcement has been informed of the incident and an investigation has already begun, according to a report by the Herald Leader.
Daniels announced the incident himself, posting a photo and corresponding caption to his personal facebook page, which can be seen here. He says someone wrote the racial slur in the fog and rain of his car’s rear window after his team’s game Friday night. His post now has over 200 comments and dozens of shares.
“In 2020 we still have cowards doing things like this. But the funny thing is that we laughed about it, because with me playing basketball all over the world this happened a lot… It doesn’t bother me at all,” Daniels wrote on Facebook. “I’ll keep doing God’s work by educating these kids and preparing them for life. And a little advice for people who do foolish things like this, there are cameras everywhere on school campuses. I’m going to embrace the hate and let everyone else be mad.”
Those cameras should come in handy, as officials say they feel optimistic about their review of the security camera footage.
The Woodford County High School facebook account shared the following statement after the incident, saying “This incident in no way reflects the values and mission of Woodford County Public Schools, and appropriate action will be taken upon a positive identification of the individual.”
Daniels played for Kentucky from 2000-2004, and he was named the WCHS girls’ basketball head coach last June.