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Silly Controversy: TJ’s Hat


In an effort to shift attention from football, let’s explore a silly controversy: Terrence Jones’ hat. Bear with me, this is right off the news wire and the facts are still rolling in:

The Controversy:
Terrence Jones (“Player Jones”) and his teammates took in the Kentucky football game last night, and Matt Jones (“Playa Jones”) posted a picture of the players at the stadium on this website. In this picture, it appears that Player Jones is wearing a hat with the logo of the now bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers. Player Jones Re-tweeted a message on his account that states, after being run through Google’s Family Values Translator:

“How about the next time you wear a hat to a UK game make sure it’s a UK hat you selfish mother lover.”

The owner of the re-tweeted account will not be named but attempted to justify the tweet with counter tweets stating, “You’re not in LA btw” and “[C]oach Cal said it.

The Reaction:
The response was almost universally supportive of Player Jones, but one tweet stuck out in particular:

“Told you UK fans would turn on you. UW fans would of [sic] always been there.”

And Boom Goes the Dynamite. We have a lot of fun on Twitter, and it has given fans a direct line to their favorite amateur athletes. As long as fans are responsible with their tweets, the system works and is an enjoyable experience. The key is that in each instance the fan remembers that at the end of the day, he or she is the fan, and any interaction with the athlete is a privilege. I’m sure the young Kentucky fan regrets said interaction with Player Jones, as he rightly should.

Ladies and gentlemen, my point: it’s one thing to use Twitter to keep up with friends and news. It’s an entirely new thing all together to use Twitter to send negative messages to amateur athletes. Heaven forbid that player re-tweet your message that, at best: makes you look bad, at worst: makes the whole fan base look bad. Use your head.

Article written by Tyler Montell

51 Comments for Silly Controversy: TJ’s Hat

  1. Rob
    1:08 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I liked the idea of poking fun of Cal’s lipreading “controversy,” but the tweeter was a bit too serious about it. If he’d just said “Wear a UK hat, and pass the ball you f’ing selfish MF’r” then it would’ve been pretty funny.

  2. Big Blue One
    1:09 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    1) I saw that. What a little stuck-up b$#%@. What did she want TJ to do, give her the shirt off his back? And I love how she tweets out the picture and then says he’s an a$$hole. What a little c$%# hair. I’m sure this all happened before she threw it on about 3 frat boys last night. Classy little b%$#& she is. A real credit to our fan base.

  3. Rob
    1:09 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Also: your wordpress engine isn’t properly rendering the tiff. Maybe convert to a jpg and add to the media library?

  4. Hire Phil Fulmer
    1:12 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    This post makes no sense

  5. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    1:14 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    am i still drunk or something? what did i just read?

  6. everyone
    1:14 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    it’s hard for me to believe that it was a UK fan that gave him sh!t for the hat, just because i like to pretend that no one in our own fan base is that fukking stupid.

  7. Pikeville25
    1:27 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    By posting something as stupid as this makes us look bad, how is this newsworthy? How do u know it was a real UK fan? Find it hard to believe it was since he had uk gear on and a LA hat..but whatever, dumb post….

  8. Calipari'sInYourEar
    1:34 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Why would you not name the person who tweeted this???

    Tyler Montell is rumor mongering.

  9. Garrett
    1:37 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    At least the hat was the right color.

  10. pathetic
    1:38 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Football fans are getting out of control, I know the football program is a disgrace and thats sad but dont take your frustration about that out on the players of a real team (basketball).

  11. P.L. Wallingford, III
    1:47 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    You crazy kids do realize that this country is at war, don’t you?

  12. snoopaloop
    1:59 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe Tyler “I have the worst alter ego in the history of blogging” Montell should have used Google Translator on this post. This jumbled nonsense reads like a “I guess you had to be there story.”

  13. Tyler Montell
    2:00 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Haha #11 the kid might be a minor. Check TJ’s twitter feed.

  14. huge ky fan
    2:01 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    i want to c what many answers are to the ky question. what do you think will be the startin line up in basketball. my opinion is teague, lamb, miller, jones, and davis

  15. Hoss
    2:04 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    … freaking children. I want Jones to start wearing an S.Hawking t-shirt and pimping atheism on Twitter just to see hillbilly basketball fan’s world implode.

  16. Gavin S.
    2:11 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I’m with Hoss. There are too many fundamentalist morons in the fan-base.

  17. Lex08
    2:13 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know which is dumber, the “controversial” tweet or this post. I am going with this post. Come on Matt, what is going on here? Do you even read your own site anymore?

  18. Harlan
    2:14 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    At #4 the first girl on his left is pregnant or something cause in the pic on twitter she has what appears to be a huge baby bump so I bet it was her account that its posted on and she is obviously experience at laying on her back.

  19. Out Fitted Fan
    2:15 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Just me, but I never wear “both” a UK hat and shirt/hoodie at the same time. If I wear a UK hat I usually have a favorite pro team shirt and vice versa.

  20. Aldirt
    2:16 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    His name is @NoMoregolf He doesn’t look like a minor

  21. Aldirt
    2:17 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    actually @NOMooregolf

  22. mlvei
    2:20 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    The main thing I would like Terrance to learn from here is that he can wear just about whatever damn hat he wants to and we support him anyway! Certainly an LA hat! As Kirk Douglas said in “Lonely are the Brave”, “Do what you want and to hell with everybody else!”.

  23. Getwhatyougive
    2:29 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Really.? I mean really? He didn,t wear a UL hat or any SEC hat….i gave about much thought to this as a Pitino encounter

  24. winston_guy's_hair
    2:39 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    At least he can still wear hats. Hats won’t even fit over me anymore.

  25. Czech KY Fan
    2:46 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    also TJ came back for another year. all the support he needed to show was right there.

    gawd that was a stupid post.

  26. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    2:48 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    wow. i know that dude’s gf. she’s nice; didn’t know she was dating such a dumbass lol

  27. Hats
    2:51 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Look, TJ, we don’t exactly have the best history together, you and I. Your selections in me are always causing drama. I don’t need that in my life right now. I’ve just about finally rid myself of that horrid trucker fad, now I am having to deal with all the ironing of my bills in the Louisville area. Please, for both our sakes, switch to something else… like a neckerchief. Charles Nelson Reilly has been gone for a few years, I’m sure the neckerchief industry could use any kind of pub they can get right about now.

  28. Rob in Richmond
    2:52 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Last I checked, this is a free country. Go on TJ, you do what you want. I’ll be sure to mind my own business.

  29. Todd4blue
    2:59 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Read the “WVU” fan tweet. Maybe he should check out the tasteless shirts being worn at Morgantown yesterday. You can see it on

  30. Calipari'sInYourEar
    3:05 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    The kindergardener took his twitter page down.

    Not sure why Terrence is paying attention to this nonsense in the first place.

    Anyone with a brain knows this guy doesn’t represent the big blue. So the fact that Tyler Montell is acting like it’s relevant is TMVesque.

  31. FYI
    3:14 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    #35 He took it down because people were attacking his girlfriend. It is amazing how something so little and not serious has been taken this far. Get a life, guys. This is not newsworthy.

  32. manbearpig
    4:17 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    #34 it may not ne serious but if he is that big of a dumbass to talk trash on twitter and put his thoughts in a public forum then he should have had the common sense to think about repercussions. I

  33. SagaciousMind
    4:28 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Hell at least the hat he wore was blue and white. There have been other pictures of him wearin the same damn hat. He had on UK outfit, who cares about his damn hat. Besides, he is from the west coast so maybe he likes the Dodgers. People are stupid as hell. As for him bein an ahole, I know last year at campin for madness he acted like one. But that was still durin the day when they had stuff to do. That night he was signin autographs and he was cuttin up with me. So i guess make your own assumptions, but I’m sure they get tired of bein bothered all the time. But, when you come to UK, you know it’s gonna happen. Only the strong can play at UK. Thats why that one dude didnt come to UK cuz he said he didnt want the pressure. Weak! As for the UW fan, why would he want to play at UW? UK he’s been in the final four already and on a loaded team this year. Jones knows the fans support him.

  34. DM
    4:32 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Hmm, I am pretty sure he was wearing a UK sweatshirt. How much apparel is necessary to be ‘supporting the team’?

  35. kybigblue
    4:39 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    A real fan would not make the Big Blue Nation look bad by attacking one of our own. Wearing a baseball cap doesn’t keep one from being a UK fan. The old saying if you can’t say anything nice than don’t say anything really applies here.

    4:48 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Dodger hats are given away for free.

  37. Cousins Fake Teeth
    5:08 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Who gives a crap? I wore a Celtics hat to the UK/DR game, really who gives a ish? People are idiots.

  38. Jeremy
    5:21 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    it matches his shirt if it was a florida hat i can understand…but its a hat keep in mind

  39. BigTimeCatFan
    5:26 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    How freaking stupid. Who gives a crap about what hat he wears? Some people are idiots.

  40. blackman
    5:55 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    That is stupid. Even if anyone did care wouldn’t they notice Stacey Poole wearing a Lions hat in the background? Its not like the Los Angeles Dodgers are a rival of UK anyway…

  41. JEREMY
    6:12 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    ATTENTION EVERYONE… How do we even know the person who tweeted was even a UK fan? I have heard of people doing this a lot in a effort to make someone or in this case look bad. Anyone ever think it may be a Washington fan trying to pull a quick one? Our players need to be educated when it comes to tweeting or the media in general. And if this happens to be a real UK fan, then they ought to be ashamed of themselves. Or at least grow up and keep their opinion to there selves. And most importantly as a UK athlete they need to know that ONE fan doesn’t represent the entire fan base. By the way TWITTER SUCKS!

  42. Not on the Jon Hood Bandwagon
    7:00 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone remember seeing Boogie Cousins wearing the red KC Chiefs hat last weekend when UK played UL?

  43. Carl
    7:33 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t care if TJ wears a Duke hat to football games as long as he brings his “A” game every night come basketball season.
    GO CATS !!

  44. Terry Smith
    10:11 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink

    This site has gone from fun to a SbB wannabe….without the humor or connections…..watcha gonna do matt when reality comes for you?

    10:37 pm September 25, 2011 Permalink


  46. Red Bird
    12:47 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    # 49….Gets me every time.

  47. twnky
    9:15 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    flat bill hats are dumb!

  48. wtf
    9:17 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    there f’ing hats jesus christ why do people care so much about the little shit that doesnt even matter

  49. Johnson
    10:21 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    So one person sends a tweet and its a controversy? It could’ve been a joke did you consider that? Stupid stupid post. Really amateurish.

  50. Tom Blevins
    11:38 am September 26, 2011 Permalink

    So Terrence Jones is a fan of the LA Dodgers. So what? The last time I checked, there isn’t even a major league baseball team in the state of Kentucky. If there was one, it wouldn’t be connected to the University of Kentucky. Wearing a Dodgers hat is not being disloyal to UK in any way. TJ, root for any pro team you want to. I think I speak for most Kentucky fans when I say,we love you and we’re proud you’re a Wildcat.

  51. Brentton Akers
    1:29 pm September 26, 2011 Permalink

    At least his hat was Blue? Not that it matters to me (as long as it wasn’t a Florida hat) but Anthony Davis had like a black and gold hat on? I don’t get it?