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Can We Not Act Like Fools?

The good side of fandom

This should go without saying, but is worth repeating anyway. Kentucky fans are the best in college sports, and I would argue, potentially the best in sports period. But our craziest factions can also include some of the worst. The latest example involves a small number (less than 30 probably) of UK fans harassing Anthony Bennett on Twitter about his decision to attend either UNLV or Oregon. I won’t go into the many ways that is rude, foolish and petty. Chances are if you are doing it, you either already know this or you don’t care, neither of which makes explaining why it is stupid productive. But if I can’t appeal to your sense of decency, let me appeal to this…such actions do hurt UK recruiting in the future. A fanbase that sends hateful messages, which are then often Retweeted by the athlete, also sends a message that it is full of lunatics. While people love passion, no one loves maniacal craziness, and people tweeting hateful thoughts to a teenager they have never met qualifies as the latter.

The rise of the internet and social media has given everyone a voice. That is good…and terrible. As we see in forums ranging from Twitter to the comment section of this blog, there are some unbelievable idiots in this world. I wish we could wave a rational magic wand and make those idiots change their actions and no longer represent Big Blue Nation. But that isn’t going to happen. But maybe they can realize that their actions are hurting, rather than helping. Not only does it make us look bad, it hurts the brand. When UK fans do that to themselves (and yes, the vast majority of these people are UK fans and not “other team’s fans acting like they are us”, as many hope), then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Wish Anthony Bennett and any other kid that doesn’t come to Kentucky the best. There is no reason to wish them anything but success in the future. As JT says, we will win with them or without them.

Article written by Matt Jones

72 Comments for Can We Not Act Like Fools?



  1. ty
    10:26 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    sooo true,,,,its like the rednecks after a tornado goes through. The worst is show cased before the best. 1 fan makes 1000 look bad. well said Matt



  2. Fat Ryan Lemond
    10:26 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    I will sumo these idiots.



  3. Bullconrad
    10:28 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you for these comments. Well said.



  4. barn
    10:29 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    who’s acting?



  5. H
    10:32 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    I still say it’s just creepy to try to contact a 17-18 year old sometimes younger kid on twitter or facebook. Let alone send hateful messages their way because they choose to go somewhere else. Get a life is all I have to say about that.



  6. RichieFarmersMustacheofshame
    10:32 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Well done Matt. I wonder if we have a disproportionate amount of idiot fans considering the size of our fan base… Stay classy BBN.



  7. Usernametaken
    10:38 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Florida fans did the same thing to him. It seems to happen any time a high level recruit drops a school. Too many sports fans in general are just idiots.



  8. bluefan
    10:38 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Embarassing for all of us. Bennett’s a kid.



  9. Bill
    10:40 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, number 8, Shut up. You’re the kind of person Matt’s talking about and none of us like. Go somewhere else



  10. Bill
    10:41 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Umm nevermind num 8. I swear there was a negative comment there when I made mine. #nothingbutlove



  11. kaboom
    10:43 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    How come those fools focus on the players that have eliminated us instead of using that energy to talk up players still interested. Those people mustve been that bandwagon fans that joined with the coming of john wall. #shameless



  12. Makers Man
    10:43 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Any idiot who tweets nasty things to a kid, or generally acts a fool should get their BBN fan card revoked.



  13. BBanks81
    10:43 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Having passion for our University is what makes us such a fantastic fanbase, but it also make some idiots take it to a new level. Very disappointing at times………..oh well, what can we really do about it? Hope a few people can read this post and stop tweeting children!!



  14. Joe
    10:43 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Matt,

    Why don’t you practice what you preach and require registration to post on this site? Too many trolls come on here and badmouth recruits and yet they are not banned. Any recruit reading this site about them would think UK fans are horrible, when in fact most of the time it is U of Smell and IU fans posing as UK fans.

    Let’s clean up all the comments – make people register.



  15. RichieFarmer'sMustacheOfShame
    10:44 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    8) You didn’t spell plagiarism correctly. Forget English 101, focus on winning your fifth grade spelling bee! As fans we should speak out when people representing the BBN don’t handle themselves with class. Matt is being a good, responsible fan.



  16. Dick Rash
    10:44 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Vote for me and help the rash spread! Together we will spread our kind seed to all of these hateful fans. Let’s give them a mouthful of happiness together!



  17. Matthew
    10:44 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    What better way to show our support for the BBN than to put these loser UK fans on our hit list, and occupy their feeds? They should have their fan card revoked. They are mindless idiots. I just read the puke they wrote on Bennetts twitter, and they deserve open rebuke from every UK fan that actually cares about being classy. They make me sick. I am looking at you, Michael Cornett ‏ @MC_Ducker1 and Ant Bentenison ‏ @Antnothebug and Phil ‏ @Craig37466188 and Dakota Jopes ‏ @DakotaJopes and Denny Goode ‏ @dmgoode. Sic ’em, BBN.



  18. UK Homer
    10:45 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Yet another reason why KSR has been a blessing. Without it, we are just a bunch of unorganized fans in comment sections. At least now, even when the media calls out our craziest fans, we can point to this site as a beacon of blue-tinted common sense. If you want to know the “official” fan response to a UK story or event, then just come to this site. Good luck Anthony Bennett – unless you’re playing us!



  19. RichieFarmer'sMustacheOfShame
    10:46 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    The previous remark was for comment 8 that has since been deleted. Good use of censorship.



  20. 44 Stitches
    10:50 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    If you send anything on twitter to any kid positive or negative your a loser.



  21. Damn it
    10:54 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Every fanbase has those jackass, redneck, immature “fans” and this type of stuff is going to happen. Most of the people tweeting Bennett look like they teenagers or young college kids who probably just started cheering for UK when Calipari came here. Ignore it.



  22. Troll
    10:55 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    How many of these tweets are from iu and ul birth defects living in their mothers basements?



  23. Not Jude Roy
    10:57 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Hey matt when is that “someone” gonna retake eng 101 for the third time ?



  24. Damn it
    10:58 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Another thing… I did a search on Bennett’s twitter name and saw nothing but nice comments from the BBN. Wishing him luck and appologizing for the idiotic comments. None of these were retweeted and of course go unnoticed. Smh



  25. Randy MFin Wise
    10:58 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Thats MY boy



  26. dexter
    10:59 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    well said Matt



  27. Coach Wise
    11:07 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    That’s my son!



  28. Mack
    11:08 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know anything about twitter but wouldn’t it be possible to trace the owners of the accounts if they were considered harassment. If Bennett and his family doesn’t follow up maybe UK should investigate and take what ever action possible even if it is only to identify them.



  29. Spurious
    11:10 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    AMEN. Technology has given voice to people who have no clue how to use their voice.



  30. Genoscats
    11:15 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    This article should have been written long time ago. A Proud Member of BBN!!



  31. drews cuz Josh who is really his brother
    11:16 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Boy in the pic needs to get em some jeans without all them holes in em



  32. Turleyisafraud
    11:18 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Number 20 nailed it but let’s make one point about what we learned here…

    If Anthony Bennett is looking to retweet idiocy from a handful of idiots and a handful of trolls, then he is not ready for the drama and scrutiny of what is UK Basketball. For better or worse, the most illiterate and inbred of our fan base has discovered the intaweb. It’s not going to change.

    I looked at his mentions and took me several pages of mentions before I found any negativity.



  33. Booyakasha!
    11:22 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    Most of the morons commenting like idiots are stupid young kids themselves. I still have a dipshit kid from Memphis sending me private messages on Facebook for defending Erin Calipari on her page when we hired Cal.



  34. He man
    11:29 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    I give two farts about recruits until they r signed

    Leave them alone, move on.
    Let’s stop this bull and come together as the BBN and hate on joker n the turd football program like we all want to. Come on Matt come on guys it’s more fun than watching them ply admit it



  35. UKBlue
    11:43 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    It’s really kind of stupid to contact & rip a kid that 1. probably isn’t going to qualify to play ball anywhere & 2. UK & apparently Florida both walked away from this kid.



  36. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    11:57 pm May 7, 2012 Permalink

    they wasn’t with ’em shootin’ in the gym



  37. BlueMeanie
    12:03 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    When Shabazz committed to UCLA, it was even worse. And to be honest, it wasn’t all the schools who he didn’t commit to. The insults were dominated by BBN supporters. To write this off as “Every fan base has ppl like this” is ignorant. Our fan base has by far the most immature, ignorant supporters.

    To be honest it’s disgusting.



  38. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    12:28 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hunter McClintock did not come to UK for two reasons. 1. Fans blasted him and 2. He was the only kid BCG did not offer. Kid would have been a legend here. Did not say he would have been good, just a legend. Carry on.



  39. Gee
    1:10 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    It is unacceptable to harrass the kids who dont choose kentucky.. I also think there is no upside to it 1. i dont think these idiots even get much enjoyment posting this nonsense 2. its unfair to kids who are being pulled in so many directions by so many people and 3. i think it hurts us with other future recruits..But here is my ?? i have thought this for a while…Is it possible some or hopefully most of these ppl are not really Kentucky fans but ppl from other schools that didnt get the recruit..i actually know a michigan football fan who does that on Ohio State recruits twitters to make Ohio state look bad ,that is why i ask



  40. Gee
    1:15 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    If its all BBN or even mostly us then yes #37 its disgusting… we need to call these bad fans out



  41. Ciggy
    1:30 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone that talks shit like that to a kid like that isn’t a UK fan in my book. Makes me sick to my stomach, just sick.

    Poking fun is one thing, but some of the stuff that was said was WAY over the line, and I am afraid it would discourage future recruits.



  42. BlueBallin'
    2:19 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Not surprising, disappointing when it happens….but not surprising. What I wish for these morons and those like them, I won’t bother typing. But I will say that it should have been expected when this site specifically teed-up the vitriol for this 18 y.o. KID; stroking him for the last month, then referencing phantom ‘character issues’ as a reason why it’s probably best for everybody that he go elsewhere. Apparently the same sources (Telep?, others) who pushed nationally that it was down to us & Florida for sure…based on not one visit, or even meaningful dialogue until the last 6 weeks for what I guess (since that’s all this recruiting biz seems to be anymore) was to work on his eligibility. It’s a very small percentage in the blame-game, but this site helped spark this incident by putting a bad taste in people’s mouths about a kid daring to choose another school after we pursued him this hard. The bigger chunk I put on the same usually-silent ‘necky’ fans who always make us look bad in moments such as this. But KSR isn’t blameless…just sayin’.



  43. soggyUKgrad
    2:44 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    what if these negative tweets were from rival fans (UL, UT…) posing as UK fans??



  44. Beavis
    6:15 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wish him well and all the best,,,,nope,,since he did not sign with UK,,,he does not matter. Do not wish to see him injured,,,,just not interested in seeing him period. Lets focus on the kids that have signed.



  45. Calipari's Blue Ballers
    6:24 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Could’nt agree more. The kid has a right to do what’s best for him & his family.



  46. Oh Snap
    6:42 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This story is completely blown out of proportion. And thanks Matt for drawing more attention to it. Every fan base has idiots. And are we sure all those being negative are ACTUALLY UK fans???

    And just for the record Matt, you and this sit say and do things that could be questioned by many, yet there is NO self-policing here. I’m also sure Cal / UK have not apporved of everything said by you on this site or the radio.



  47. Coon
    6:47 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    43.



  48. stevie
    7:09 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not sure how we would know if they are really UK fans doing this or fans of other programs wanting to make us look bad. If it is fans of other programs their scheme seems to be working.



  49. Jones is classy
    7:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Right Matt. I do agree. Take some of your own advice when being consumed w pitino bashing or card hatred. Most UK fans do not agree with your childish tirades and it makes the rest of us look like idiots.



  50. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    7:33 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think the kid is old enough to handle some bashing. He will be bashed by at least a portion of fans if he plans on playing professionally someday. By being on Twitter he opens himself up to that type of feedback. Not saying it is right, and yes it is pretty classless but this happens everywhere in every sport.



  51. Really
    7:38 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why would Bennett retweet things that were negative about him? Why not just ignore them? And I dare you to provide actual evidence that any of those negative posts are from actual UK fans. Its called negative recruiting and Indiana/Louisville fans are the best at it.



  52. old_school
    7:47 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Too many UK fans have become idiots. It started when they sold their soul to Calipari. He’s the one who encourages UK fans to fall in love with high school boys because he’s told us time and time again – that’s where our future lies.

    Of course UK fans are going to ramp it up when it comes to recruiting – our entire future relies on recruiting – and NOW. In our “nontraditional” program – the Cats from here on out will not be guided by 20-22 year-old young men – but by 17-year old boys who are battling acne and rejection at the high school prom. UK fans will drool over every twitter and lust over every high-light video.

    It’s pathetic.

    Wake up UK fans. Cal has sold you a bill of goods. Sure – he hung a banner – that just makes him all the more dangerous to destroying the good name of Kentucky. We have now become the hated program – not because we win – but because of how we do it. And we’re doing it in the non-trditional way of shunning the college game and making Rupp Arena little more than an audition stage for the NBA.

    He’s even convinced fans it’s somehow cool to be cowards – which is what his statement yesterday was all about.

    I’m more disappointed in UK fans who are acting like infatuated 7th grade girls at a Justin Beiber concert. GROW UP!



  53. BigBlue
    7:58 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    old school misses Tubby….



  54. BigBlue
    8:02 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, next time you become aware of UK fans acting that way on twitter or facebook…post their info here on KSR. My guess is that the problem will disappear quickly. Yes, that would be posting negative content about UK on KSR, but it may solve the problem going forward…just a thought.



  55. reality
    8:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    old_school misses the 50’s. sad life he lives. not a real UK fan.



  56. Wakeup People
    8:23 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The majority of tools doing this crap ARE INDIANA and LOSERVILLE fans!



  57. stevie
    8:36 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    What pathetic retard would still use the term “sell one’s soul” to describe those who support Cal? Is Cal a mass murderer? Is he the anti-Christ? God, quit being overly dramatic.



  58. thenamerobdigity
    8:44 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I personally didn’t write anything. But for the thousands following Bennett, unfollow him and be done. If you want to say something, say it. It is your right. Bennett will be irrelevant next year anyway playing at Oregon or UNLV.



  59. TiptonsNeverBeenInsider
    8:45 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    JT also says, “Ayyeeeeee”



  60. @54
    8:46 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, KSR NEVER posts negative publicity aimed at Kentucky… I think they’d be just fine with your proposal.



  61. Rambo
    9:03 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    KSR need to clean its own house before dictating to other people. I’ve seen some pretty nasty stuff on this web site directed toward some younger and older than this kid. BEFORE YOU START PREACHING TO OTHERS, CLEAN YOUR OWN HOUSE!



  62. Paragon of Virtue
    9:30 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    KSR takes issue with fans berating a kid who isn’t a Cat because it may harm bayesketbawl recruiting, is perfectly fine with taking a shit on current football players and staff. News at 11.



  63. Sheeeiiiit
    9:45 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Old School – I am surprised you crawled out of your hole after Cal got us #8. The last three years you bash Cal and claim he would never win a NC at UK. You twist everything to look bad on him. You even tried to twist the topic of this post to hold Cal responsible for a few idiot fans. Its pathetic.
    Look, Cal proved you wrong and now you should move on. The last three teams Cal built were awesome. Great players and great kids working hard as a team and getting the grades. They were proud to wear UK. They represented our school as good as any 4 year players or better. You on the other hand dont come close to the level of those players. IMO your constant negativity is boring and you are the type of cry baby fan that hurts our image right with the idiots harrassing a recruit on Twitter.



  64. stonystonestone
    10:17 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sucks to see an article regarding this on Zagsblog. Top story as of right now. I know it’s not truly representative of our fanbase but when things like this happen they just throw the rest of us into that category of retarded. How many other kids didn’t choose to go to UK next year? Should they get verbally bashed as well? And other recruits hearing that cannot bode well for recruiting. Show some class and sense.



  65. theWilkman
    10:18 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Old School, I highly doubt any of the top 100 recruits are battling rejection to their high school prom. Nice try though



  66. RICK
    10:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    GROW UP AND LEAVE THESE KIDS ALONE. GOOD LUCK TO THIS KID. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO STOP SOME PEOPLE FROM ACTING STUPID SO WHY COMMENT ON IT, IT JUST BRINGS IT TO LIGHT THAT MUCH MORE AND TALKING ABOUT IT ON YOUR RADIO SHOW ONLY HIGHLIGHTS IT.LET THESE FOOLS COMMENTS DIE ,SO KSR YOU MIGHT WANT TO STOP AND THINK ALSO.



  67. bluefan
    10:34 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, #49. Just have to say that Pitino bashing and cursing a 17 or 18 year old kid is NOT the same thing. And you know it. Many of us enjoy the Pitino bashing.



  68. jaws2
    10:40 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Geez, grow up and don’t use ‘twitter’ at all!



  69. JackBluto
    12:16 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Geeze – the rumors on this site are that UK may have backed off Bennett – so giving him a hard time for “dropping” UK is doubly stupid. It ignore the possibility that UK dropped him due to eligibility or other concerns.



  70. RichVegasCat
    12:28 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Nicely done Matt. It is pathetic and embarrassing to be part of such a passionate fan-base only to have a a few knuckleheads with zero decency act this way. These are the types of actions that label us all into a stereotypical category of assholes. I wish there some way to reprimand these folks for such immature, ridiculous, actions of disgust.



  71. Matt Curry
    2:10 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This is sad. Just because a kid chooses not to play here is no reason to hate them or wish ill upon them. Theses “fans” need a good dose of STFU



  72. Randy M
    12:26 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a diehard UNLV fan and we know what it’s like when a couple fans make all of us look bad. Kentucky has some of the best fans in college basketball. 99.9% are knowledgable and classy. What Calipari has done with your program is unbelievable. Winning with such youth was unheard of just a few years ago and he’s probably the only coach that could do it. Your program is what we’re all trying to get to…….Hopefully someday we can play each other and when the game is over we can all get together and talk about how much we all love college basketball. Good luck next year…..