Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart announces punishment for Wildcat fan caught using racial slur directed at Tennessee fan
One Kentucky fan just found out there are serious consequences for those that hurl racist remarks inside Rupp Arena.
If you missed it, Kentucky alum and noted basketball Wildcat fan Ashley Lyles was caught on camera directing a racial slur at a celebrating Tennessee fan during the Volunteers’ win in Rupp Arena on Tuesday evening.
Video of the incident went viral, which led to Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart issuing the following statement on Wednesday evening:
“An incident like the one that took place last night at Rupp Arena has no place at the University of Kentucky. There will be consequences for this unacceptable behavior and they will be announced once communicated to the offending party.
“While the person in question is not a season ticket holder, there are still ways to ensure those actions are not repeated at future UK events.
“We also have reached out to the patron who was the victim of this abusive and inexcusable language to apologize personally. That’s not who we are as an athletics department.”
After deliberating for nearly a day following the release of that statement, Barnhart has handed down severe punishment for Lyles, she will no longer be permitted at any Kentucky sporting events.
Barnhart issued the following statement on Thursday:
“We have permanently revoked ticket privileges for all UK Athletics events from the person who made the abusive remark at Tuesday night’s game, effective immediately. This misconduct is unacceptable, unwelcome at the University of Kentucky and not reflective of our values.”