Louisville Basketball Staffer Kahil Fennell Arrested amid Protests

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2020

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 8: General view of the Louisville Cardinals logo at midcourt as action takes place during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at KFC Yum! Center on March 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 81-48 to clinch a share of the American Athletic Conference championship. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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University of Louisville director of men's basketball operations Kahil Fennell was one of more than 30 people arrested Saturday night in Louisville amid protests over the death of Breonna Taylor, according to Lucas Aulbach of the Courier-Journal.

Fennell's arrest report stated he violated the city's curfew order and was officially booked at 8:58 p.m. local time. Per Danielle Lerner of The Athletic, the time of the arrest occurred at 8 p.m. The mayor's executive order created a curfew for all citizens that begins at 9 p.m.

Louisville men's basketball coach Chris Mack said in a statement he was aware of the arrest.

"I stand by Kahil," Mack said.

Others surrounding the program have offered support for the staffer:

Fennell is going into his third season on the Cardinals staff after working his way up from junior varsity high school coach in 2014-15. He was an assistant at Portland State before coming to Louisville.

His arrest came during protests that have occurred in cities throughout the country over the past week. Many are in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. Taylor was shot and killed in March by three police officers in Louisville, spurring more protests within the city.

Mack released a statement Sunday morning on the recent issues.

"Who could watch George Floyd die on the street and not think 'What in the hell is wrong with people?' I just can't comprehend that kind of treatment to anyone," the head coach wrote. "It feels like our country is going backwards."

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