Illinois star center Kofi Cockburn took to social media Sunday to reveal racist comments directed at him after the top-seeded Fighting Illini were defeated by Loyola Chicago in another stunning upset in this year’s NCAA tournament.
The 7-foot-tall sophomore, who was born in Jamaica, posted a screenshot to his Instagram Stories that showed a racist posted directed at him.
“Go back home ya bum,” the remark read. “F–king lost to Loyola. Go sit your monkey a– on the couch.”
Cockburn shared the screenshot, saying: “I blame his parents.”
A spokesperson from the university told ESPN late Sunday it was looking into the situation and has identified the person who made the comment.
Sunday’s incident marks the second time a player has come forward to identify racist and threatening posts made on social media as a result of being eliminated from the NCAA tournament.
One user sent several messages containing derogatory language and racial slurs, while another wrote, “I hope you die, I really do.”
Ohio State has since reached out to authorities to look into death threats against Liddell.