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Bud Mackey sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison


Bud Mackey is the poster boy for wasted talent. He was a high school standout and nationally ranked recruit at Scott County when he was arrested for crack cocaine in 2007. From there, he continued to spiral downward into a life of crime and today he met his fate. Bud Mackey was sentenced to over 15 years in prison – 10 1/2 years for robbery, theft, and trafficking, and 5 more years for violating probation.

What a sad, sad ending for a kid with tremendous potential on the court. He was on his way to a college basketball career at Indiana and now he’ll spend the better part of his life behind bars.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

43 Comments for Bud Mackey sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison

  1. UKfan97
    2:05 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He will walk-on at UK when he is released.

  2. Wasted life
    2:07 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Very sad and pathetic. First

    2:07 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    1 wtf? shut up

  4. he could have been a star
    2:11 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Very sad story, I played ball with bud for a couple years, always fun to be around, you just have to choose your friends wisely and thats what i believe led to where he is now. He was better than hopson in high school by far and had a very bright future and to think what could have been is just sad. If you knew him he was a great guy he just got into some bad things, drugs, theft, etc, and now he has to pay for it.

  5. jimmy go blue
    2:14 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    1 grow up

  6. Bluefin
    2:15 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Sometimes I think prison would be better than living in Indiana. Actually most of the time I think that.

  7. SagaciousMind
    2:21 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I dont feel bad for the kid. He made his choices. Getting in trouble the first time should have been his wake up call. And you cant blame it all on the people he runs around with, he’s right there with them doing the same things. Which is why like you say, you should choose your friends wisely. If they are gonna do stuff you know will get you in trouble, dont hang with them. It is sad to see a kid like him just throw everything away. Maybe when he gets out he can go around speaking on that issue. A perfect poster boy, yes indeed.

  8. Sealing
    2:22 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    6 – Post of the day

  9. uk3k
    2:23 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    maybe he can play some ball with carruth…

  10. Yup
    2:25 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    (1) HaHaHa…Then he will also become a KSR Darling… Instead if Jorts, it will be “Jumpsuit” Mackey.

  11. BADpoet
    2:28 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    No one ever told Mackey that cracky is wacky…

  12. sillybstrd027
    2:29 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    they need to add a like button, 6-LMAO

  13. GOCATS
    2:33 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Wow. I remember when he was the guy to get along with Scotty Hopson and Darius. I think we got the guy we wanted actually for once under Billy G.

  14. Tupac
    2:37 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He made a G today, but he made it in a sleazy way.

  15. iWantToGrowUpToBeTheDrewFranklin
    2:42 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    14. Sellin crack to the kids, “I gotta get paid,” well, hey well that’s the way it is….

    What a waste of God given talent. How many of us sitting here wish we had the talent he had. What a sorry ass.

  16. CatsfaninFL
    2:52 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    #6 – Having spent 4 years at a small private school in Indiana… I concur.

  17. Taco Covered Strawberries
    2:56 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    O’dude got caught with crack rocks in his socks in high school.

  18. KSR Spy
    2:57 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Southern Indiana is where it’s at. Beautiful country and cheap goods. Plus close enough to Louisville/cinci/Indy that if you need to go to a big city to waste money you can…but you don’t have to deal with it daily.

    3:07 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    6-You are so right!

  20. Kanter Banter
    3:26 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He played at Scott County…most backward place in this state.

  21. AML
    3:36 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    People making fun of this really need to grow up, I went to school with this guy, and really wish he could have made it out of Scott County and into school. He had real pro potential and a chance to change his stars. This is a sad situation.

  22. tonydelksarms
    3:45 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    typical scott county…… all hype…..complete waste!

  23. stevem
    3:56 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    It’s of little value to talk about what a ‘great guy’ Mackey was. Explain that to the parent of one of the kids he got hooked on crack. He is exactly where he belongs. It’s one thing to make a mistake. Something else to screw up a kid in the process.

  24. Yo
    3:57 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    14 and 15…i love you all.

    -“Tupac, Rest in Peace”
    -“Okay, I wiiiill!”

  25. UKfan97
    3:58 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    3 & 5) It’s a joke dudes. Lighten up.

  26. BossHog
    3:59 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Yet another casualty of the “war on poor minorities”……whoops, I mean the “war on drugs”….and now we all get to pay for him to live in prison for the next 8-10….makes a lot of sense……

  27. UKfan97
    4:00 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    21) It is sad, but he of all people had an easy out(basketball) and he blew it. Hard to feel too sorry for the guy.

  28. Yo
    4:02 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    For real though, this is an unfortunate story, not only because he was a great basketball player. I think everyone, including drug dealers, has some potential to succeed in any field that is considered legitimate. And it’s sad when anyone gets into this kind of situation. It’s just that his skill in basketball was discovered and your normal crack dealer’s potential in whatever field is never realized. but, it’s the way of the world. i hope he can make the best of his situation.

  29. David
    4:04 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    26 – I agree. He could have possibly been helped in rehab, rather than dealt with as a law violator, before he committed robbery or theft.

  30. beepthacreep
    5:21 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    i seen him get the best of a matchup with oj mayo when mayo was a senior and mackey was a junior, whata waste of talent

  31. Poor Bud
    5:31 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    21 – It’s not sad. Sad is a kid who can’t live out his dreams because of something tragic or out of his control. This guy is just a criminal who chose not to live his dreams because of conscious decisions he repeatedly made. Now we can only hope he’s able to come out of jail as a productive member of society.

  32. Flippy23
    5:41 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He will be on the street by the time he’s 25…….

    6:00 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He’ll dominate the pick-up games in prison.

  34. Zeus
    6:27 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Why is there never any investigation into how he first got involved with drugs? It’s too easy keeping it faceless by saying he ‘hung around with the wrong people’. The person who first sold to him, or shared with him, should be held liable alongside him every time he screwed up as a rasult. If you give a grade schooler a gun, and he shoots somebody with it, you’re held liable. Why should drugs be dealt with any differently? It would get a lot of criminals off the street for longer periods, and maybe lessen the chances of the next kid getting hooked.

  35. SagaciousMind
    10:15 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    34, because he was a teenager, not a child, who knows right for wrong. it’s his decision to sell drugs, buy drugs, do drugs. no one is to blame for his actions but himself.

  36. Adam
    10:16 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah 34, lets do that for every criminal ever. That’ll end the war on drugs for sure.

  37. The Vig
    10:18 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Is there anyone who feels this sentence is justified?

    DUI killers don’t get sentences like that. Unbelieveable justice system.

  38. helluva drug
    12:49 am June 7, 2011 Permalink

    sad situation. just one of those kids that couldn’t keep himself out of trouble. feel bad for his family.

  39. OhMy
    12:59 am June 7, 2011 Permalink

    Oh poor old georgetown. Such a nice town filled with worthless drug dealers. You could serious put together a hell of a ball team with the drug dealers that run around this town which is pathetic. all the talent going to waste. ill be damned if my kids grow up in this town.

  40. Deputy
    7:24 am June 7, 2011 Permalink

    I use to work at the jail he currently housed in, the guy has no ambition all he wants to be is a “wanna be thug”

  41. ?
    10:20 am June 7, 2011 Permalink


  42. Leggo
    10:38 am June 7, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know anyting about his personal life but he was one of the best KHSAA players I’ve every seen. The night SCHS beat Hunington High he was by far the best player on the floor. And in the sweet 16 there was no competition that year. But, man what if we could have got the four best players in the state that year Hopson, Miller, Mack, Mackey they may not have been as good as Wall and the gang but I still would have like to seen it.

  43. Dirty Steve
    12:06 pm June 7, 2011 Permalink

    Sounds pretty Dan-Like!!