Wisconsin is looking into an allegation that a school staff member addressed guard Kobe King with a racial epithet, triggering the player's recent transfer, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The newspaper said it asked Justin Doherty, the senior associate athletic director who is in charge of the men's basketball program, about the allegation, and he responded with a statement.

"UW athletics administration was made aware of an allegation Sunday afternoon and has already taken measures to address it," Doherty said, reading the statement at halftime of Wednesday night's Big Ten loss to Minnesota. "Any time we are made (aware) of an allegation of any kind, it is handled with the utmost seriousness.

"There is absolutely no place in UW athletics for the type of behavior being alleged."

Neither Doherty nor coach Greg Gard would reveal any specifics of the allegation, and Gard declined further comment.

King announced on Instagram on Jan. 29 that he was leaving the team. He was the second-leading scorer for the Badgers.

"This has been a very tough decision for me, however after spending almost 3 years in the Wisconsin program I have realized that this program is not the right fit for me as a player and person," he wrote.

King, who played La Crosse Central High School in Wisconsin, was a three-star signee in the Class of 2017. As a redshirt sophomore, he has two years of eligibility remaining.

Having a racial epithet directed at him could result in King being granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA at another institution. Quarterback Justin Fields was allowed to play immediately at Ohio State after he contended a baseball player at his previous school, Georgia, directed racially based comments toward him.

King played in 19 games (all starts) for the Badgers this season, averaging 10.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

--Field Level Media

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