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Calipari says he has not been contacted by FBI


College basketball coaches around the country are a little uneasy these days as the FBI looks into the sport’s connection with shoe companies and other shady business dealings that may be going on behind the scenes.

John Calipari and Kentucky are likely on the FBI’s radar — along with every other major program in the game — but he said he has not been contacted by any investigators at this time.

“I have no comment. I haven’t been contacted,” he said.

Calipari declined to say anything about the ongoing investigations because he is in the dark on the matter, but he acknowledged that it is “a black eye” on the sport.

If nothing else, the conversation provided a tense moment here at the press conference. Calipari said he wants to talk about his team, but Jerry Tipton, wanting to ask more about the FBI, told him, “This is a media day, not a coach day. I have the right to ask a question.”

Whoa.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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37 responses to “Calipari says he has not been contacted by FBI”

  1. Basteballer

    An example of why I don’t read anything JTip writes.

    1. KTR2786

      Why? Because he’s a journalist who does his job? That is the most relevant question today and it was media day; did anyone not expect this issue to come up? I’m actually rather disappointed how Cal handled something for once.

    2. TBW3011

      The question is fine, but Tipton trying to scold Cal and act like he’s running the show is the issue. Get over yourself Tipton.

  2. terwilliger

    Every time they try to give me a free herald-leader at Kroger, I ask if they have fired jerry Tipton yet. Then I just keep walking.

    1. Great American

      HA! i honestly can’t figure out why he still has a job. He’s a jerk to everybody he interviews and has this idea that he is the most important person in every room he’s in… He sucks

    2. Go_Wildcats_Go

      Love that approach! Tipton sucks . . . much more than BTI!

  3. meeksfor3

    Tipton is a jerk

  4. 4everUKblue

    Does anyone read his BS? Cal also has the right to not answer.

  5. justaregulardude

    Tipton’s a tool, but this is a huge story. He has every right as a journalist to ask these types of questions especially given what just went down at U6. We’re constantly making fun of Louisville media for not having someone like Tipton question their antics. I give him a pass this time.

    1. ClutchCargo

      If it was someone who hasn’t been a braying jackass for years doing this, I would completely agree with you. Tipturd deserves to be punched in the face, but probably not for this. That’s as close to a pass as I will ever give him.

    2. RealCatsFan

      Tipton would be creaming his trousers at the chance to see Cal and UK in trouble with the NCAA or the FBI. Dude is the biggest anti-UK troll in newspaper history.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Exactly. It’s right to be skeptical and ask probing questions as a journalist, but he goes out of his way to be a dick.

  6. Biglaw Dawgin'

    Wow. That friggin guy. I mean, if you’re going to ask a question that he’s already clearly annoyed with, at least be nice about it.

  7. RealCatsFan

    Sounds like Cal needs to throw that rock into that pack of dogs, because you know Jerry will be the one yelping.

  8. jimmer

    I don’t care for Jerry either – but I really don’t like Cal’s response here. Seems very defensive and uncomfortable with even saying no comment. Makes me feel more concerned than at ease.

    1. RealCatsFan

      I think every coach in America is at least a little bit uneasy about the FBI sniffing around in things – with the probable exception of Kzhfdkkhrieuriyi and Williams, since Duke and UNC have the NCAA (and probably the FBI) in their back pocket. All it would take is for an assistant or even a team manager to get involved with a shady character during the recruiting process. I know I am uneasy about it.

    2. timbo

      Not exactly what I’d prefer to hear either. On the other hand, if it doesn’t involve me, I don’t want to involve myself either. Look what’s happening to Ben Affleck right now. Pressed for a statement, now memories are being jogged and Ben is just as bad. I think Cal would rather just keep his name out of it and that’s appropriate. I would be beside myself if there was something nefarious to be concerned about, it wouldn’t make sense.

    3. KTR2786

      My thought exactly, this was not reassuring at all. Cal seemed like he wasn’t prepared for the question which seems ridiculous and out of character too.

  9. BCO

    He hates Cal. We sat next to him at an airport when we lost to OSU and he was slamming Cal, most it was coaching oriented. Hell, i was upset with the loss too, but he was over the top. was blasting our team and especially Cal to some other uk fans.

  10. apljck

    Tension so thick you could cut it with a knife! I do not like that squirming — not one bit *throws up in mouth*…

  11. Dee

    How on earth is Tipton still employed. can not stand that guy. He has had it out for UK since Rupp

  12. luke_emberton

    Jerry Tipton is an asshole how does he even has credentials?

  13. FanNotFanatic

    C’mon, snowflakes. Seems like a reasonable question about a topic of great interest and a decent response from a man who is extremely well paid to answer it.

    1. BBNDan7

      “Snowflakes” stfu

  14. EdC

    Tipton is one of several reasons I won’t even give any HL article click revenue. Since they hit the jackpot and got a pulitzer for nailing UK many years ago they have been trying to repeat that. They are far more anti-UK biased than the Courier Journal.

    There is one funny thing lurking around Tipton. On Twitter @NotJerryTipton has 63.7K followers the actual @JerryTipton … a mere 14.2K. You know you are a complete louse when a spoof account has almost 4 1/2 times as many followers as you.

    1. Mathlete

      The NJT account probably got a boost from the days when they’d get to write an article on KSR every Friday. Speaking of that, I miss those. They were consistently funny, and made even funnier by the furious people in the comments section who didn’t get that it was satire

    2. EdC

      Definitely much funnier than the stupid Herald Leeder crap KSR insists on putting out now.

  15. Peter Criss

    I’m actually shocked that some of our more reckless and less inhibited fans haven’t gotten beer muscles and decked Tipton yet. Or at least doused him with an overpriced coke from the Rupp concession stand.

    1. abobicesaevior

      You carcke me up! You’ve said the same thing several times. You’re likely a “Stripper U” fan stirring g the pot.

    2. Peter Criss

      No Card fan here. Long Time Big Blue fan by way of The 606. I guess I have mentioned it a few times (and I’d buy them the Coke!). But, think about it. Some of our fan base can be a little over the top at times (just think about what they did to ref Higgins last year). I personally can’t stand Tipton and still can’t believe UK let him keep his credentials after the fabricated story of Patrick Patterson and his truck.

    3. abobicesaevior

      Fancy edit, dude. Perfectly illustrates your guilt, though. Thanks!

  16. KTR2786

    Not sure why everyone is slamming a journalist for doing his job especially in today’s media environment. I’m a huge Cal fan, but I definitely wanted his take on the situation and I was quite disappointed in his response and his demeanor. He had to expect this, yet seemed unprepared for the question which is very unsettling.

  17. Oliver Klozoff

    This does not bode well for Kentucky.

    1. KTR2786

      Nope, let’s just hope if we are involved that it all comes crashing down. At least we’ll still be well above the banana republic to the northwest of us even if we are implicated.

  18. EdC

    Some of you here are just hilarious. Do you think the FBI has debriefed Cal on what is going on? Here’s a clue. They haven’t.

    Anything he would say is hearsay and conjecture just like everybody on this board.

    Of course if he did happen to know that UK did something illegal along the same lines he could come out with that. Would that be better?

  19. runningunnin.454

    Nothing to worry about until there’s something to worry about. One thing about this FBI thing, earlier in the day, someone said the NCAA is going to hammer UNC tomorrow, and I have not been optimistic about that. But, I’ve been thinking, and FBI probe may force the NCAA to sanction UNC…they have to be embarrassed…it makes the NCAA look like they were asleep at the wheel.
    The NCAA investigated UL right up through this summer, and they saw no red flag with a 5* recruit committing to UL when they didn’t even go after him? I even thought what the hell when that happened.

  20. ibescootch

    As much as I’m chomping at the bit to get some sense of ease about the whole FBI situation as it relates to UK, I don’t really blame Cal for being vague and deflecting. I mean, what’s a good answer here? If he legitimately hasn’t been contacted and has no idea if the FBI is going to investigate him/UK, his answer is fine. He doesn’t know- he can’t comment. Should he make something up, just to appease the fans? In the end, if we come through it clean, everyone will happily forgive his closed-lips and say, “Well, I guess he really didn’t know anything”. If it turns out there’s some shady stuff that’s happened, he’ll be vilified anyway so it won’t matter.

    Plus, he can’t stand Tipton, so part of his defensiveness was just a reaction to a massive tool. I’m fine with that.