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Illinois’ Cockburn Targeted In Racist Post After NCAA Loss

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Illinois center Kofi Cockburn (21) listens to head coach Brad Underwood during a game at the U of I State Farm Center in Champaign.

INDIANAPOLIS  — Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn is the second player to face racist comments on social media following a loss in the NCAA Tournament. Cockburn shared on Instagram a social media post directed at him after the top-seeded Illini lost to No. 8 Loyola Chicago on Sunday.

Cockburn was born in Jamaica. He posted a screenshot of the racist message and added, “I blame his parents.”

That came a day after Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell received threatening and insulting social media messages following the second-seeded Buckeyes’ loss to No. 15 seed Oral Roberts. Liddell posted images of the messages, including one that said “I hope you die I really do.”

Screen shot of racist message posted to University of Illinois basketball player Kofi Cockburn’s account. Instagram/Kofi Cockburn

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