If you missed the radio show this morning, you not only will not be able to hear discussion on a tennis blogger with a wonderful voice, but you also missed the discussion of the much-whispered Kevin Ware rumor from Friday night. You can hear the complete discussion at the link here, but Drew and I go into some detail on what spread amongst the media on Friday night. The short version is this. A rumor spread (first on UL message boards, fan forums and Twitter) that Kevin Ware had been kicked off the UL basketball team due to multiple violations of the same team rule. While we initially dismissed the notion as mere fan chatter, after some digging, I (and others in the media) began to believe it was true. At some point over the past few weeks, the rumor goes, Ware was dismissed after the latest violation and the team was told he would no longer be with the team. The rumor spread online, in part, because team members told multiple people that Ware was no longer on the team. It then finally leaked to media at the end of last week.
As of now, no member of the Louisville media has come out and reported the story, and my guess is that no one will. I spoke with UL spokesman Kenny Klein on Friday night, and he told me Ware is on the team now, but said he did not go as far as to say that no dismissal had ever occurred (to be fair, he had been away from the program for a week and it was late on a Friday night…Klein is a great guy and nothing but a professional…he is the one guy in the UL administration that I have nothing but good things to say about). With Ware apparently back on the team, those that don’t want to believe the rumor are given an out not to believe it, and the story can be blamed on the evil KSR guys (ignoring that it started on UL fan sites). As of yet (not surprisingly), no Louisville media member has gotten a quote from anyone involved with UL saying that Ware was not kicked off. It will be interesting to see if they give such a quote as there are many around Louisville, including multiple Card fans and media members, who would realize that such a quote would be false (notice that most UL blogs, run by intelligent people who probably know a great deal of the back story, have had nothing to say about the story). But if they acknowledge that a dismissal took place, it takes the story away from KSR-world to the media as a whole…I will be interested to see (a) what stance they will take and (b) if Louisville media will stop slurping on the Louisville lollipop long enough (hey Tom Jurich…can you pay for us to go play a golf course again soon!!!!) to actually investigate and get an answer.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter. Kevin Ware is an inspirational story to many and probably the most famous college basketball player in America right now. Players get dismissed all the time and this isn’t the first time Ware has had issues (he was suspended “indefinitely” during the season…a suspension that lasted for one day). In fact, I don’t think the story is really about Ware at all…it is yet another example of a Louisville media setting in which members investigate nothing and are essentially cogs in the UL propaganda machine. I hope Kevin Ware plays this year and whatever dismissal occurred ends up staying reversed. But what is clear is that the truth will never be released by anyone involved with the media in Louisville, as they are too busy trying to have Uncle Tom treat them well and not bring thunder upon their news organizations. I expect that from fan sites and fan blogs (the UL equivalents to KSR), but the fact that the mainstream media is complicit as well is sad…and part of why nary a negative word will ever be said about Saint Tom and the Cards in the city of Louisville.
But hey, Michael Dyer promised not to bring a gun to campus with him…so all must be fine.