Florida center Jon Harrison said yesterday that he had been called “every version of the ‘N-word’ known to man” before being ejected from the Gators’ win over Arkansas in early October. He claimed that an Arkansas player had hurled the slurs at him which led him to seek out an official, accidentally touch him, and get himself tossed from the game.
Bret Bielema — as expected — had to answer questions about the alleged incident today on the SEC’s weekly teleconference. His response:
“I remember the player that was ejected and the play that it happened on. I immediately called — it was Jarett Lake that the play actually happened on — I asked Lake and he categorically denied anything of that nature. I think if it was a big deal, I probably would have heard about it after the game, not four weeks later. I understand that player just (this week) got a chance to talk. But that wouldn’t go on with our guys…
Actually, in the Florida game, all 11 of our defensive players (including Lake) were African-American. I have a hard time believing that anyone on our roster would say anything along those lines without getting noticed by our own guys. I don’t see an issue there.”
A wise, level-headed response from the Razorbacks’ coach. It should end the mini-controversy…
Unless Harrison sheds more light on the matter with further comments. Assuming Will Muschamp will allow him to make further comments.