Missouri men's basketball player Kim English addresses MU hate crime

Monday, February 14, 2011 | 8:57 p.m. CST; updated 10:58 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 15, 2011

COLUMBIA — Standing inside a semicircle of media members on Monday, Missouri men's basketball player Kim English answered questions about his recent scoring troubles.

He spoke about his play directly into the recorders crowded around his face. Then, he addressed an issue that went beyond the basketball court. When asked about the hate crime that took place on the MU campus on Saturday, English answered in the same direct manner. 

“Things like that don’t upset me because I know that people like that exist,” English said. “Hopefully they won’t, but they probably always will."

An MU student was arrested Saturday in connection with racist graffiti painted outside Hatch Residence Hall. The incident took place late Friday or early Saturday morning, almost a year after two MU students scattered cotton balls in front of MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.

"We’ve came such a long way and still have such a long way to go," said English, who is black. "It’s a conservative state, close to the South. I wasn’t blinded to the fact coming out here. I mean, it’s happened two years in a row. I hope they catch the guys and kick them out of school, because what that guy does doesn’t represent what most people at the University of Missouri, or the state of Missouri, feel.”

Following Missouri’s win 84-61 win over Oklahoma on Saturday, English posted a message to his Twitter account. The message was simple. Those responsible for the spray painting were cowards. It wasn’t long before responses from some of his 4,926 followers started showing up.

“When I tweeted that I got probably a couple hundred responses from my followers saying that 'That's not Mizzou,'” English said. “I respect that, and I understand that. We have a black head coach, a predominantly black team, a black president. Most of the nation doesn’t feel that way, but one idiot did.”

Anderson expects Denmon to play Tuesday:

Missouri coach Mike Anderson said Monday that he expects guard Marcus Denmon to play against Texas Tech on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

“Marcus is doing OK. He came around and shot yesterday,” Anderson said. “He’s one of those tough kids, and, as of right now, he’s going to practice today, and I’m more sure he’ll be available tomorrow.”

At the beginning of the second half in Saturday’s win over Oklahoma, Denmon was under the basket when teammate Laurence Bowers came in to block a layup attempt by an Oklahoma player. When Bowers came down, his elbow hit Denmon just below Denmon’s right eye.

“I came in to block a shot, and it just so happened that Marcus was right under there,” Bowers said. “I felt it and knew I hurt him as soon as it happened. It was just one of those plays where it was inadvertent and it just happened.”

Denmon covered his face while he lay underneath the basket following the hit. When Missouri trainers finally got Denmon up to his feet, the fans at Mizzou Arena could finally see the blood dripping down his face.

“I felt terrible,” Bowers said. “Marcus is like my brother, and you never want to hurt anybody in your family.”

Denmon left Saturday’s game and has since received several stitches underneath his right eye. He practiced on Sunday and Monday.

Denmon, who is the team’s leading scorer this season, scored 20 points last season in Lubbock, Texas, against Texas Tech.

Texas Tech at a glance:

Before the start of the season, Anderson said he thought Texas Tech was a team that might exceed expectations. 

"I thought they were one of the dark horse teams because of how they played last year," Anderson said. "They really got off to a great start last year."

In addition, the Red Raiders were well stocked in the leadership department. Four of the team's starting five players are seniors. 

But, Texas Tech has struggled and finds itself sitting in 11th place in the Big 12 Conference, with its three conference wins coming from defeating Nebraska, Iowa State and Oklahoma State in overtime.

Two of the team's seniors lead the Red Raiders' offense. Guard John Roberson and forward Mike Singletary are each averaging 13 points.

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Corey Parks February 14, 2011 | 9:32 p.m.

"It’s a conservative state, close to the South. I wasn’t blinded to the fact coming out here.

If Missouri is close to the south then Oklahoma must be Confederate central.

In all seriousness, people's geographic awareness always gives me a chuckle and rolling eyes. English does realize that Columbia is at the same latitude as his home town doesn't he?
How many times have you head the news stating tornadoes rolled through the Midwest only to find out they were talking about Ohio and Kentucky.

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Ellis Smith February 14, 2011 | 11:48 p.m.

University of Missouri did not admit black students until 1949.

That in no way fits the profile of a typical "Midwestern public university." When all the fuss was taking place in 2010 about Missouri getting into the Big Ten Athletic Conference some posters suggested the SEC instead. In some ways that would make far more sense.

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Cole Kennedy February 15, 2011 | 1:31 p.m.

Latitude rarely means much when considering political and social sentiments. Missouri is typically a more conservative state than Maryland is.

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Corey Parks February 15, 2011 | 3:22 p.m.

I understand that but having been to the "south" I would not by a long shot consider Missouri in a same category as the Carolina's, Georgia, Lousiana, Alabama and such.

I know there has been a few incidents at MU that are racist in nature lately and they seem to be taken care of but it could be worst. We could be like the east and west coast of the country where it is constantly on display every day of the year.
DC for instant is a constant reminder of the Racial divide in this country.
In the military we do not separate by skin color and we do not judge by skin color. We also do not allow for groups to segregate themselves in the same way that our elected officials do or college campus allow and encourage.

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Daniel Hartley February 15, 2011 | 3:29 p.m.

Corey you are aware that Missouri wanted to succeed from the Union correct? Missouri is also the same latitude as North Korea...guess that says a lot..Missouri is also a border state of Tennessee, which is a big time southern state and the boot hill is the same latitude as northern Texas; so to say they are close to the south is a valid argument..The fact is that most of the state that doesn't live in St. Louis, Columbia, and Kansas City is very conservative. "People's geographic awareness always gives me a chuckle." You must not know your map very well.

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John Schultz February 15, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.

Daniel, to say that Missouri wanted to secede during the Civil War is a bit simplistic and incomplete. You might want to check the ongoing series that the Tribune is printing, complete with commentary from that summer. However, your (and others) basic premise that Missouri has some ties to the Confederacy during the Civil War is correct.

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Daniel Hartley February 15, 2011 | 3:56 p.m.

Whether they wanted to or not isn't the argument here. You are nitpicking

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John Schultz February 15, 2011 | 4:18 p.m.

When I went to school, we called that correcting.

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Corey Parks February 15, 2011 | 5:56 p.m.

I am very familiar with a Map and have Geography degrees to prove it. Just like most things in life peoples perceptions can vary by education and where they grew up and by what they read.
Take for instance the Civil war. North against South. That is what everyone is taught in school and still believe to this day. There are even those that believe it was to end slavery. Others might believe that the war was started by the North when they tried implementing control on the economy. I know what I believe but it would surely be different then yours.
Comparing Missouri and North Korea is pretty much nitpicking as you know there is not an ounce of similarity to the two. I guess using your process Ohio might as well have been the deep south since it touches West Virginia.

I don't think anyone has questioned Missouri's connection to the Confederacy there is enough written about that to prove it. Simple fact about the article is that I found it odd that someone from Maryland has grown up believing that because Missouri is a conservative state he still came here expecting to deal with racism.

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