PJ Washington made a special guest appearance on Wednesday morning’s Kentucky Sports Radio radio show to chat with Ryan Lemond, Alan Cutler and me about his past two years as a Wildcat and what’s ahead. Of the many topics that came up throughout the 25-minute conversation, the one about his postseason injury (or “Bootgate”) is the most newsworthy.
Washington confirmed the injury occurred in the final minutes of Kentucky’s SEC Tournament semifinal game in Nashville, explaining to KSR, “It was two minutes left in the Tennessee game. I came down and felt something weird, and just kinda had to play through it. I knew I couldn’t come out of the game so I just played through it.”
The injury kept him out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament and sent Big Blue Nation into a panic. Little did we know at the time, he came very close to missing a third NCAA Tournament game, the one against Houston, in which he scored 16 points off the bench.
“At shoot-around I definitely thought I wasn’t going to play,” he said of his playing status ahead of that game. “And then that night, I got some tape and I took some pain pills and then I went through warm-ups and stuff like that and I was feeling pretty good. So I just came out and tried to have fun with it.”
As for all of the rumors about the injury swirling throughout the internets and beyond, Washington said, “None of those were true. I saw all of that and just kind of laughed about it, but none of them were true.”
You can now tell your know-it-all friend they were wrong about their buddy’s cousin with a source close to the team.
After you do that, listen to our entire interview with Washington:
And if you’re wondering, his foot is better.