UPDATE: UK effectively bans woman in racial slur video from athletics events


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Kentucky fan caught on camera using a racial slur will never be allowed a ticket to a UK athletic event ever again.

Less than 24 hours after saying there would be consequences, Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Thursday UK has permanently revoked the woman’s ticket privileges.

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Wednesday, fans were calling on UK to take action after an African American Tennessee fan posted the video, showing a UK fan using the n word after the game Tuesday night.

The Tennessee fan says he was asking the UK fans where they were going as the cats started losing to the vols and the woman stopped and shouted at him.

“This misconduct is unacceptable, unwelcome at the University of Kentucky and not reflective of our values,” Barnhart tweeted Thursday.

We heard from Kayla Burns who was also reportedly at the game and got a video of the incident as well.

Burns says, “For me, it was shocking to see; not just in that setting, but in general to understand that there are a lot of people who continue to use these racial slurs. I had never encountered it in person until now. I believe that in this day in age, people know how African Americans feel when these racial slurs are used, especially in a condescending way.  In this day in age, you know what these words mean and how they can affect others. Ethan was just cheering for the team he was rooting for. Instead of cheering for the opposing team in a sportsmanship manner, she had to take it to a level it didn’t need to go. Almost as if she was anticipating on using these words. I hope the video Ethan and I both took will shine a light on how racial slurs are still being used in all settings.”

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