By LARRY VAUGHT
As soon as Florida quarterback Kyle Track indicated that he thought UK linebacker Kash Daniel intentionally tried to injure his ankle on a two-point conversion play Saturday, you knew Daniel was going to be ready with a response — and he was Monday.
Kentucky Kernel assistant sports editor Mohammad Ahmad, who also works for ESPN Radio in Lexington, shared video on Twitter after Wednesday’s practice of Daniel’s response to the accusation that he’s a dirty player and it was classic Kash Daniel on the answer.
“Do I talk a lot of crap? Absolutely. Do I pop a dude here and there to get underneath his skin and talk while I’m doing it? Absolutely. It’s part of my game. It’s what I do,” Daniel said and not sure anyone could disagree with that.
However, he was just getting started.
“But am I out there deliberately to hurt anybody? Absolutely not. I’ve kept my mouth shut about it. I’ve been biting my tongue about it as long as I can because that’s something I actually hold close to me,” Daniel said.
“I’m a victim of a dirty play. If you don’t believe me I’ve got a plate and seven screws in my right ankle to prove that. I’ve got a scar running halfway down my leg.”
He wasn’t done.
“I’m not out there to hurt anybody. My hand that I had surgery on, got stepped on as it was going down. This surgically repaired hand has two screws in it. If enough weight is still on it it still hurts like you know what. My hand is caught underneath (the pile). I instantly get stepped on. I’m trying to move shit around. I pulled my hand up at the last second because I pulled it out.
“I got it stuck underneath a lineman’s leg with all that weight on it. I pulled it free from that, kept moving stuff, kept hitting legs and finally it came through. Maybe he (Track) felt something weird. I don’t know. But I’m not out there to twist no one’s ankle or hurt nobody. End of story.”
Well, probably not.
Daniel said he heard words directed at him and naturally responded right back.