Racist, xenophobic comment directed at Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn after loss in NCAA Tournamenton March 22, 2021 at 8:51 pm

Another Big Ten men’s basketball player has shared racist social media comments directed at him after his team lost in the NCAA Tournament.

Illinois center Kofi Cockburn shared on Instagram a xenophobic and racist comment directed at him on an unknown social media post Sunday, not long following the No. 1-seeded Fighting Illini’s second-round loss to Loyola.

“Go back home ya bum,” the comment said. “(Expletive) lost to Loyola. Go sit your monkey (expletive) on the couch.”

Cockburn — who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to the Queens, New York, in 2014 — captioned the post: “I blame his parents.”

After Oral Roberts upset Ohio State in the first round on Friday, Buckeyes big man E.J. Liddell posted screenshots of vulgar messages and threats he has received.

Along with screenshots of the threats and insults, Liddell wrote “Honestly, what did I do to deserve this? I’m human.” And “Comments don’t get to me but I just wanna know why. I’ve never done anything to anyone in my life to be approached like this.”

The program planned on notifying the authorities.

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