Editor’s Note: The following was written by Harold Leeder, editor-in-chief of The New Circle Circular, Lexington’s #1 source of fake news you can’t count on.
The ongoing saga of the Governor of Kentucky versus the Courier-Journal continues this week; Matt Bevin used the latest installment of his facebook live web series bashing the Courier-Journal to critique an article penned by none other than former UofL basketball player and john, Russ Smith. Bevin pointed to the open letter as another example of poorly edited writing filled with factual errors.
The letter seems to acknowledge that there was some wrong doing between Katina Powell and Andre McGee but then also suggests that there was no wrong doing and no one should get in trouble. Smith writes “This paints a terrible image of the university and most important my coach, who, for a fact, if he had found out what was at hand or that woman’s business, would have had charges brought upon her, and the people involved would have lost jobs immediately.” This is somewhat ironic since the facts of ‘that woman’s business’ have come out and no one has lost their jobs.
The governor went on to point out other inconsistencies in Smith’s letter printed by the Courier-Journal, “He writes and I quote, ‘We have had plenty of talented kids visit our school, but our coach gives us the decision to choose our teammates.'” After reading the paragraph aloud the governor asked rhetorically, “if Russ Smith was involved with recruiting why didn’t he offer more 5-star recruits? Think of how good they could’ve been.”
For as much as the governor dislikes the Courier-Journal, he openly admits to reading quite a bit of it, “This paper is simply garbage printed on top of garbage, just yesterday I read the entire classified section, and there wasn’t one example of all the jobs I’ve created. And now they’re apparently hiring writers that start sentences with ‘and’ and ‘but’, ridiculous, just ridiculous.”
Smith ended his letter saying, “That’s where I stand. I hope the NCAA reads this and this sheds a brighter light on whatever you may have.” The governor responded by saying, “I speak for all of us when I say, I hope the bright light you shine on this is not a black light, because I don’t want to know what kind of stains you would find.”