Kentucky player says he got racist calls ahead of Mississippi game

LEXINGTON, Ky. — When asked whether he received text and voice-mail messages on his cell phone after Kentucky's game against Tennessee on Saturday night, DeMarcus Cousins had a question of his own.

"Did I?" he said. "It was crazy."

Messages from "a lot of Mississippi numbers" flooded his phone, Cousins said.

"It started right after the game," he said, noting that the callers used the "N-word" liberally.

"That's just showing their ignorance," he said. "It kind of made me mad at the beginning. Now I'm answering the phone and having conversations with them."

That hasn't gone without incident either.

Cousins said he answered his phone and heard the caller say, "What's up, (slur for a gay person)?"

UK Coach John Calipari made light of the messages left on Cousins' phone.

"I'm glad it was his and not mine," Calipari quipped before adding, "He's a fun-loving kid. None of that stuff, that's not bothering anybody."

If the callers hoped to unnerve Cousins before UK played Mississippi State on Tuesday night, the effort failed.

Kentucky beat the Bulldogs 81-75 in overtime.