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Calipari to be a part of ESPN’s MLK tribute

ESPN announced this evening that in honor of the 25th anniversary of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they will have a week-long series of special television events celebrating his legacy and how equality has played out in sports.  The week of tribute will begin tomorrow, but is highlighted by a two-hour panel discussion about the image of the black athlete Friday and will feature Coach Cal as one of the panelists.  Robin Roberts will host the discussion, which will feature Spike Lee (the executive producer), Marion Jones and Randy Shannon.  The show will air at 6pm and will take place at New Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Here is what Coach Cal had to say about the event on his official site:

“This is a great honor and I’m humbled to have been asked to participate by Spike Lee and the folks at ESPN,” said Coach Calipari, who will fly to Atlanta after practice Friday and return that evening as he prepares for his team’s home game against LSU the following day. “Dr. King’s legacy lives on in everything we do as citizens, coaches and athletes. To be part of such a distinguished panel to commemorate the life and achievements of such an incredible man is something I am grateful for and look forward to participating in.”

Full ESPN press release here

Article written by Thomas Beisner

36 Comments for Calipari to be a part of ESPN’s MLK tribute



  1. shadowboxer
    9:21 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Cal will then give out wingtips to every person at the church and personally fit them. What a guy.



  2. P.PattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    9:27 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Wow. So Cal is basically representing college athletics, basketball, and us white people haha. Seriously, what an honor and it’s a sign that those who aren’t in professional competition with Cal actually do respect him.



  3. Grammar Clown
    9:32 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Represent Cal



  4. Kevin Probus
    9:33 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    How ironic.



  5. senn from richmond
    9:33 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    congrats to Coach Cal



  6. BPsycho
    9:37 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    UhhAAHAHHAH 11 – 7 *****es



  7. senn from richmond
    9:40 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    How long until all of Auburn’s wins are forfeited, and Newton returns the trophy? I say it happens in….March.



  8. Franktown
    9:43 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Coach Cal “gets it”…



  9. senn from richmond
    9:53 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    MATT JONES, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS ROSE! @->->–



  10. SexnNursinHomes
    10:11 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I Have a Dream…. and it’s usually wet



  11. Adolph Rupp
    10:13 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I’m rolling over in my grave…



  12. SexnNursinHomes
    10:18 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Glad to see Cal reppin MLK- It’s good for the university



  13. GoCats2
    10:20 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    No offense to one of my favorite commenters of all time but can we delete #10 and replace it with #12?



  14. Ryan
    10:21 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    12. Were you rolling over in your grave when Tubby Smith was hired at UK?



  15. Ryan
    10:22 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Question was to 11. not 12.



  16. Coach K
    10:29 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    They could’ve asked me to offer any kind of counter argument in regards to black athletes.



  17. catinhat
    10:30 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder how many moderators are watching us right now . . . I feel their eyes . . . pinkies poised above the delete button . . . I bet they called all hands on deck after posting this.

    If people expose themselves to be racist pigs, let them. Censoring in order to give a false front of decency is dishonest, however. And not very American, given that whole Freedom of Speech thing. You know, that thing Dr. King was practicing that ticked off so many people.

    The fanbase is what it is, regardless of how much some pockets of it are railed against for their beliefs, however corrupted. We can try to change it. Eventually it largely will change. But censoring and putting on a false face for the world is juvenile and fake and pathetic. We all know what is going on. Unless there are direct threats of violence, let the ignorance be heard.



  18. holdmeclosertinydanson
    10:31 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    No #13. #10 is a beautiful comment. It makes you feel uncomfortable at the beginning, then you wish you thought of it first because it is funny. That’s what it is like, in SexnNursinHomes Land.



  19. FrogWilson
    10:43 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Respect



  20. SexnNursinHomes
    10:44 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    13- no offense taken man. If it weren’t for MLK inspiring freedom to young black comedians, I doubt I realize how bad I actually dance.

    18-hahaha!



  21. catinhat
    10:45 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Sexnhomes, I think 10 used to be something else, not yours. Something fairly ignorant.

    Your 10 is pretty good, actually. Irreverently funny while not malicious. Family Guy sort of stuff. Well done.



  22. BigSteve
    10:46 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Pfft, Pitino is doing the annual Planned Parenthood convention.



  23. rocky d
    10:51 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    wow



  24. Steve Fitts
    10:52 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I am old enough to remember when UK was an all-white team. Every African-American who puts on the blue and white uniform owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to King and company. We as fans likewise owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.



  25. rocky davis
    10:52 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    wow



  26. SexnNursinHomes
    10:57 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    21- good deal. cuz I don’t want to offend anybody.



  27. SexWithSexnNursinHomes
    10:57 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    meh…. he lasted 16 seconds.



  28. Adolph Rupp
    11:12 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    #14 & 15, yes i was along with most of the fanbase



  29. Phillips, Joker
    11:21 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tarkenton also took an indirect slam at Georgia opponents, saying:

    “For the last three years our program has been God-awful. Our schedule, we play two sisters of the poor every year. We play Kentucky and Vanderbilt that aren’t true SEC teams and then we play Georgia Tech that is not going to have the talent we have.”



  30. deer boss
    11:34 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I guess Bobby Knight was busy.



  31. Frank Drebin
    1:41 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    We get it ESPN! You like blacks. You can stop kissing their a$$ now.



  32. oldawgblue
    8:16 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I can hear Lee and Wilbon already. The exploitation of young black men, college courses in basketball or basket-weaving, Rupp was a racist, Texas Western and “lily white” Kentucky, blah, blah, blah . . .



  33. Bledsoe's Library Card
    10:49 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder if good ole’ Cal is free for the Fahrakan speech next week?



  34. Bledsoe's Library Card
    10:51 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder if good ole’ Cal is free for the Fahrakan speech next week? How about the Oprah show or just start hiw own show on BET!?!



  35. Captain Pander
    10:52 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder if good ole’ Cal is free for the Fahrakan speech next week? How about the Oprah show or just start hiw own show on BET!?!



  36. Tarkenton who?
    12:20 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Does Tarkenton realize that we beat their aces on their home field two years ago and have been playing close to even par with them the last several years? Georgia is as close to irrelevant in SEC football as it’s ever been….even SC has passed them by. Heck, they lost to some directional FLA school in their bowl game.