Student held responsible for racial slur on head coach’s car; Head coach reacts

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Woodford County High School head girls basketball coach found a racial slur written on his car after a game on Friday.

Head coach, Erik Daniels says he was driving after the game when he noticed something written on the back window.

“I asked my children could they recognize what it said and they looked at it was the ‘N’ word,” said Erik Daniels, Woodford County High School head girls basketball coach.

Daniels says he pulled over, took a picture, and told his principal what happened on school property.

The Woodford County school district says it took action right away.

The superintendent says it worked alongside the Versailles Police Department and with surveillance video they were able to find the student responsible. The superintendent says the school took necessary disciplinary action.

“I can’t say enough either about how Coach Daniels has responded to this. He has shown such grace,” said Scott Hawkins, Superintendent.

Coach Daniels says the word is always tough to see and hear, but it isn’t unfamiliar.

He says during his basketball career he was called the ‘N’ word.

“It’s been something I’ve been dealing with and just try to move forward,” said Daniels.

Daniel admits that seeing the word this time was harder for him because he had his four kids in the car. Now, he says he’s trying to explain to them what the word means.

“We’re all people, we’re all just trying get along, live our day to day,” said Daniels.

Daniels says he hopes the person responsible can learn and grow from this.


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