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Say it Ain’t So Richie

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The fall has been steep for our man Richie Farmer. I love the guy because I grew up watching him play high school basketball for Clay County and he was my basketball idol during his years at UK. And just a few short years ago, it seemed he was destined to be this state’s governor. Not anymore. After a disastrous Lt. Governor’s campaign, spending lots of public money on luxury items, a very messy public divorce, hiring his new girlfriend in the Agriculture Department, a bizarre missing equipment story and more whispers than one could ever imagine, now there is more news from the mustached legend.

The Courier Journal is reporting that after he left office as the Agriculture Commissioner a few weeks ago, Richie Farmer immediately filed for unemployment benefits. Farmer had completed his term as Ag Commish, at a salary of $110,000 a year, and decided afterwards to file for the benefits, which would add up to $415 a week. It is unclear whether Farmer was/is eligible for them, a state law prevents office holders from getting the benefits, but at the time he wasn’t an office holder, but either way the situation is embarrassing. Eligible or not, it is yet another painful thing to read about a UK legend we all loved.

The jokes write themselves…new girlfriends, missing fax machines and VCRs and now unemployment benefits after getting voted out of office…and we have to make them…but it does hurt to do so.

Article written by Matt Jones

117 Comments for Say it Ain’t So Richie



  1. james
    8:04 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Gets whatever he’s brought his way. I have NO problem watching a man fall due to his own character flaws and premeditated misjudgments and misdeeds.

    I’d say the same thing about any other Kentucky player. Some things are more important than basketball, even here in Kentucky.

    Get a job, Richie. There are *real* people who are *really* struggling and need that $400/wk

    Shame on you, Farmer.



  2. Doc Brown
    8:05 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Does this mean he is not starting tonight?



  3. One and done
    8:06 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    When are you going to post about the many things Obama has done to destroy this country? Oh yeah I forgot the media hides liberals.



  4. Jon's UnderShorts
    8:08 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I guess MJ rallys against him politically didn’t help, lol. That makes it two for two this week if you count the pizza boy.

    Matt is on a streak!



  5. King Cote
    8:11 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    He has paid into unemployment why can’t he file? Just because he is a public figure?



  6. george takai
    8:11 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I thought conservatives were anti-government assistance?



  7. HOO HOO
    8:14 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    An IU legend would never suffer a fall from grace like this. We are too busy producing the Mark Cubans of the world….



  8. jjjjjjjjjj
    8:17 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a lifelong Republican and a lifelong Cat fan, but I’ll say it. Richie has become a disgrace to both.



  9. Porcino's
    8:17 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Good lord. What a miserable P.O.S.



  10. james
    8:20 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    (5) retarded. like, REALLY retarded.



  11. Drip'n Swagoo
    8:21 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    HOO HOO how about them hoosiers?



  12. Jon's UnderShorts
    8:21 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Richie doesn’t look like a State Ag Commissioner, more like a Director of “Parks and Recreation”.



  13. DJ Lance Rock
    8:21 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I hear there is a pizza place in St Mathews that needs a cook.



  14. DavenderCatTheSequel
    8:22 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Unemployment is not an employee tax, it is an employer tax. Not sure how the rules apply for elected positions, but generally, you are only eligible if you are laid off or terminated from a position. As a rule, you’re not eligible if you quit.



  15. Matt in Franklin
    8:25 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    His politics are as dirty as that womb-broom on his face.



  16. Tony
    8:29 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    You can quit and draw but you have to prove a hostile working environment. I dont think that applies here.



  17. SteveM
    8:29 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Farmer has again affirmed the fact the he is a man of little character. Good riddance to him.



  18. OneWhoKnows
    8:30 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    5) No employee actually pays into unemployment insurance program…it is paid by the employer. Check your paystub.



  19. Tim
    8:33 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    As a Liberal Matt, I thought you would be happy to see other peoples money spent? The question is, does the State pay into unemployment? If it does, why shouldn’t he be getting the benefit? And #14, it depends on why you were terminated if you are eligible or not. Did Farmer quit or did his term run out?



  20. pizzinmeoff
    8:33 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’vr seen Richie drunk as a skunk at NCAA tourney games. Little respect for himselg, UK, or the State.



  21. bung
    8:33 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    richie will do well…he was ag commish and didnt run for that again…and he never got lt gov so how was he voted out of office? the rest of the stuff sounds like a smear campaign during an election…what was he charged with?



  22. sly
    8:33 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again…. you never trust a man with a mustache!



  23. JStew
    8:35 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    After meeting Richie at a Special Olympics event last year, I was dissapointed to find out he was such a pompus, arrogant little prick. I have no sympathy for him.



  24. How the world works
    8:35 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    And his political pals couldn’t put him in a job? The scandals must have made him untouchable. If not for the political follies he’d be set. When I worked at a TV station in the late ’80s we were happy to have Louie Dampier as our regional sales rep for blank videotape supplies.



  25. chris
    8:40 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    guess he will need to start charging for mustache rides



  26. Lol
    8:41 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    3… Lol, because this is a sports website



  27. Blue Iris
    8:41 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    He should just contract out his mustache out for mustache rides. problem solved…. but srsly. don’t be a punk Richie.



  28. Over Rated!!!!!!
    8:41 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Farmer should have never been elected the first time. What a joke! Just because he played at UK? He should spend time in jail for what he did. He’s an idiot to say the least and so much more about his character is shameful! Yet another reason people don’t vote!



  29. MIDDAY
    8:42 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    You can only get unemployment if: 1) you get fired or laid off, 2) your company goes out of business.

    Neither of those fit his criteria. He was an elected official and his term ended. You think every elected official can file for unemployment when their terms are up or even if they get beat in the election? This is dumb beyond all dumbness.



  30. chris
    8:43 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am beginning to think Hoo Hoo is the Truth, they are both delusional.



  31. Space between John Hoods jersey and chest
    8:48 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, Matt. When are you going to write about Obama… nonetheless more politics you get into on this site the less i will come…NO JOKE HERE!!!!



  32. Old Guy in Lower Arena
    8:48 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s not a liberal/conservative issue. It’s a guy, with questionable ethics already, making six figures, figuring that he needs to go on the dole. Richie, you had a jump shot and that got you far; time to move on.



  33. Tim
    8:49 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #29, which was he? Did he “quit”?



  34. GapToothDanny
    8:49 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Not a good sign, HOO HOO comes up out of his hole on groundhog day, my god I hope he doesnt see his shadow or we’ll have to put up with his BS for 6 more weeks…
    GTD



  35. mike
    8:50 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Richie could’ve had a good honest life in Ky. few people has the chance he had, anyone can make a mistake but I think he has showed more then once what he really is, he has picked the road hes on and I hope he just stays on it until he gets out of the state.



  36. wilDCat
    8:55 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Are some of these commentors oblivious to the fact that this is a sports site, specifically a UK sports site, and that Richie Farmer played for UK and therefore this is relevant news? There’s not really any political agenda to be had in the post, it’s just some saddening news about a former UK great. So all of you people talking about liberals/conservatives/Obama/what-the-hell-ever, just shut up.



  37. REAL BLY
    8:56 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    5 – You must be a public figure. He STOLE public property, probably sold them, he hires his girlfriend, he buys luxury items with tax dollars and now he wants more tax money to pay his way through life.

    Authority / Politicians…..it does 1 thing and 1 thing only……corrupts!



  38. mike
    8:56 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Did I miss a year, when did Obama play for kY?



  39. chris
    8:57 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    He could always write a book and start pushing it around town like B. Knight’s Mom.



  40. HoundDog
    9:02 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    That Man will have a hard time finding any job in this state.



  41. bluristhurr
    9:03 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #31 No one cares and get a new name yours is stupid right now and you must be. You ask to write more about Obama then say you wont come to this site anymore if they write about more politics! If you write anything research why I get paid 3 dollars more an hour doing the same job i did in KY with the same company and now in Indiana(just 150 miles apart)



  42. Mr. Ready
    9:06 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to hear all this. But this is why I try to tell some of you to stop worshipping these ball players.



  43. Guck Foodman.
    9:07 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can we please stop calling it unemployment INSURANCE? It is a tax and spend program. The only reason anyone ever used the word insurance is because it is a variable tax based on your particular business “claims”.



  44. KentuckyHouse
    9:07 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    State law says public elected officials aren’t a type of employment eligible for unemployment, period. This isn’t about politics, it’s about stupidity.



  45. Clay County Ghetto
    9:08 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    THIS IS THE WAY THEY DO THINGS IN CLAY COUNTY. ABUSING POLITICAL OFFICE, ILLEGAL BENEFITS, DIVORCE, GIRLFREIND, NEPOTISM AND UNEMPLOYMENT.
    THE TRUTH HURTS BECAUSE MY FAMILY IS THERE BUT IT IS THE CULTURE. JUST NEED TO ADD IN WEED, METH, ETC TO THE STORY AND IT WILL BE 100% CLAY COUNTY CULTURE.



  46. nassau65
    9:13 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    stick a fork in him, he’s done.



  47. MtnCat
    9:15 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Public servant is a relic of the past.



  48. David
    9:15 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    “He who is without sin cast the first stone”
    Let’s wait for all the facts to come out and then formulate an opinion.



  49. bsquared
    9:15 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    45- so do the caps mean your yelling or did you just forget you left your spell check on. Don’t worry we will figure this out.



  50. bsquared
    9:16 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I meant caps lock



  51. uklaw95
    9:16 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #18….just because you don’t pay into unemployment doesn’t mean u don’t pay it. When you are hired, your employer takes into account how much he pays into unemployment insurance when he determines how much salary to offer you.

    It’s just like people who think businesses pay taxes. They don’t. They increase the price of the good they sell you to pay for the tax. So, in essence, you pay the tax. They just collect it from you and send it to the U.S. government.



  52. MIDDAY
    9:17 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    33. NEITHER. Elected officials don’t quit. Their terms end and they move on. He didn’t get hired, he got elected. It’s not considered employment, but rather serving the people who elected you.



  53. MIDDAY
    9:17 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    33. plus, quitting your job will not qualify you for unemployment. Yiou have to get fired, laid off or your company goes under.



  54. bung
    9:18 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    imo if richie ran for office by himself again and wasnt saddled with williams he would win big…again



  55. RichieFarmer'sMustache
    9:20 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I want off this man’s face.



  56. Kidnut
    9:27 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    3 objects, an unemployment check, an unemployed girlfriend, and a Tandy Computer all plead with a common state administrator to forsake the other 2 and claim it for himself.



  57. Space between John Hoods jersey and chest
    9:28 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    41, why are cars more expensive in cali? why are appartments more in NY? How exactly does the positrack on a plymouth work? Same reason why you get paid more doing the same job in a different location. I hope this was a serious question. if you dont know why you get paid in different locations….you my friend need to be doing the research…



  58. Businessowner
    9:28 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    51.You should try owning a business. Unemployment Tax is paid by the employer so it can be used if layoffs or unjust termination happens. Do you actual think that I can just increase my rates for a service to pay for tax increases? You and the Federal Govt share the same ideas and have the same disconnect with the small business owner. Richie, Come on man…..



  59. Clay County Ghetto
    9:28 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #49 and #50 – both and since this is not an email it doesn’t matter. Obviously you realized really fast how easy it is to make a mistake. 🙂



  60. Kenny H
    9:31 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Give Richie a break its not like he put his junk on a pizza or anything.



  61. Hard Hittin' CAT
    9:35 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Without citing my personal experiences with unemployment benefits, this pisses me off. WTF is wrong with him? He’s ruined that image I had of him from the early 90’s when I actually waited in line to get his autograph. Wish I knew where it was, I’d wipe a dog’s butt with it.



  62. Susan
    9:36 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Not good choices by Richie at all. I can’t help but wonder how many similar errors in judgement by other political figures of other parties have yet to be investigated or reported or of any interest to local media. Could be none, but the timing of the stories on Farmer last year was pretty interesting.



  63. JIMMIEUKFAN
    9:36 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Farmer was a lock for Governor at some point. But how many ways can one self implode? Anyone know if he has kids?



  64. Susan
    9:38 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    That said, it’s pretty disappointing. So many good memories of him as a player.



  65. Puff, Puff, Pass
    9:40 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    At least a guy that he hired is on the Amazing Race!!!



  66. yeah first
    9:42 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    yep



  67. Mt Washington Mike
    9:43 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #51……….. Wrong! Businesses are getting hit with extra unemployment assessment bills on top of what we normally pay. I own a small business. I have no one laid off. Yet I was hit with an extra 2k this year because the State unemployment fund is broke.They borrowed from the Fed to cover it which is our money. Then when they cannot pay it back they come get more of our money to pay our money back to the Fed. Nice racket. It is kind of hard to figure these extra fees in to how much your going to pay someone when you don’t know when they are coming and for how much. Oh, and they gave us a whole 30 days notice on the extra funds.



  68. uklaw95
    9:43 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    58….1) are you saying you don’t determine how much to pay someone (or whether to hire someone at all) based on the total cost of employment? I find that hard to believe. 2) if the govt increases a company’s taxes on bread by 20 cents, are you telling me the price of bread doesn’t increase 20 cents? Again, I find that hard to believe.

    No, I am not like the federal government. I believe businesses shouldn’t pay any income taxes and everything should be paid for with sales taxes. That way I will know what I am paying in taxes rather than being BSed into thinking a fictional entity is paying them for me.



  69. John Q.
    9:43 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky Proud. You Betcha!!!!



  70. Bledsoe's Biceps
    9:44 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Appears Richie’s ego and sense of entitlement took complete control. He seems to have lost all sense of reality and decency. He tried to personally profit at the tax payer’s expense. Hopefully he gets his life together. But he’s on the fast path to being just another basketball legend that wasted opportunities and becomes a pathetic “has been”.



  71. tim clark
    9:45 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    the cj was suppose to run an article about him doctor shopping for pills prior to the election, the story was killed, he has a drug problem and would be a perfect poster child for what is happening in the state much less the country, lets hope he gets help. but i have a feeling he will be indicted and thus have no excuse but to seek help. but i really don’t know anything.



  72. Al's IndiCats
    9:46 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Those who climb the slippery slopes (elected officals) should take better precautions. (Save for a rainy day)



  73. REAL BLY
    9:46 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    if KSR uses Farmer for ANYTHING – automatic boycott!!!!!

    and if Farmer gets benefits, we should march to Frankfort and OCCCUUPPPY!!!!



  74. Richie stash
    9:49 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    3) doesn’t want to get a real job and filing for unemployment. Depending on others I didn’t know richie was a liberal



  75. ekublue
    9:49 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    What does President Obama have to do with this?!?!



  76. capt. price
    9:52 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why hasn’t David Williams or Terry Stephens offered him a job???



  77. bung
    9:53 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    uhh… i dont believe everything people read to me…



  78. BigBlueFan31
    9:54 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    How bout those HOO HOO Hoosiers? Down 13-0 and lost again. Looks like their 15 minutes of fame are up.

    As for Richie, well, I have certainly lost all the respect I had for him. But that can be said for most Republicans who are as greedy as he seems to be.



  79. DavenderCatTheSequel
    9:57 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    68) Equilibrium & price elasticity. They are basic economic principles…believe it.



  80. Rick Pitino
    9:57 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    How could you all be talking about this on Groundhog’s Day?



  81. uklaw95
    9:58 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #67….if that’s the case then that’s BS. Ur govt killing the golden goose.



  82. Eloy
    10:02 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Liar, theif and scumbag are bi-partisan terms – Republican and Democrat don’t mean anything anymore – unless you still believe the facade that the two parties are somehow different.

    Study policy and behavior and it’s easy to see that Reps and Dems are just two guilty peas in a corrupt pod.



  83. The Cheese
    10:10 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Thank god this moron isn’t sitting second in line for the office of governor.



  84. Businessowner
    10:11 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    UKlaw, I look at how much revenue I can generate with a new hire, and whether or not I can justify paying someone to do that job. Cost of operation(taxes) goes into that decision. The selling of bread or a product is totally different than the selling of a service. We sell our service. We have to adjust our bids based on the market and whether or not we can make money at the market price. If the market is flooded with the service I do, the costs go down. It doesn’t matter if taxes are high or not.

    I understand what your getting at. But not every business is able to pass costs onto the consumer. It doesn’t work that way.



  85. bigbluedude
    10:13 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    i love how when a republican gets caught doing something immoral, illegal, or otherwise, the redneck faction come out to justify what he did. OH MY GOD!!!!! WHUT BOUT OBAMER!!! HE IS DESTROING ARE CUNTREE!!!



  86. schwing
    10:21 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    he’s now just a corrupt politician. democrat or republican. sorry, everybody.



  87. Hoss_Cat
    10:34 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH HIM FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT? THERE’S NO SHAME IN THAT YOU FLIPPIN IDIOT!



  88. uklaw95
    10:39 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #84…I get what u r saying as well. My point was just that when people tell u that this person pays this tax u can’t always believe them because there are so many factors that go into business decisions. Obviously I am thinking in terms of the krogers and walmarts of the world.

    People are always saying how u can’t tax groceries because it will inordinately affect the poor. My response is that the poor pay it in highber food prices because the supermarkets sure as heck aren’t going to eat the taxes the government places on them.



  89. Mt Washington Mike
    10:39 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s hope as Ag Commish he learned how to grow maters, taters, and corn. He could have a roadside stand



  90. jpizzle
    10:40 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    45- Ding, ding, ding! Seems like all that’s missing now for Richie to check off his list is to become addicted to prescription medications and/or file a workman’s comp claim.



  91. Sammydog
    10:42 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    State laws say you cannot file for unemployment if your previous employment was an elected official. You cannot file for unemployment if you are fired from your job. Richie is a scum bag regardless of his political party and from what I have heard he may be charged with criminal offenses. This is a sports site not a political site.



  92. JerryC
    10:50 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, you’ve made your politics widely known.Those of us who don’t have our heads up our a$$ know your crodile tears are fake.You take great joy in tearing down a Republican, even someone like Richie Farmer.This is nothing more than the liberal media and Matt trying to destroy a Republican. You wouldn’t have heard a single bad word about Farmer if he was a Democrat. Unless all you want is to preach to young liberal lemmings I suggest you leave the politics to others. This board is no place for it.



  93. checks pool room
    10:51 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt we all know what side of the fence your on,with that being said I wish you would keep politics out of KSR and quit banging on U.K. players.It appears you like democrats more than you like former U K basketball players.We have plenty of basketball to talk about,and thats why people like this site so well.



  94. old_tool
    10:56 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #87 – you aren’t very educated, are you? not a big deal, just asking.



  95. crackerhillbilly
    10:57 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    83 – an even scarier thought is that Jerry Abramson IS the moron sitting in line for the governorship. I am a Big Blue fan living behind enemy lines in Jefferson County and I assure you that the filth left behind by Ambramson in his last terms as mayor is going to take years to clean. I hope Beshear has regular physicals and a good driver.



  96. Col. Nathan R. Jessup
    11:00 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    48, YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!



  97. Stanley Roberts
    11:11 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t Ryan Alessi and cn/2 all over this? Farmer’s a crook and an idiot. He used his “clout” to get where his is, and then failed at every level. Hmmm… considering it’s politics should we be surprised? Our guy just happens to have a log of hay under his nose and wore spandex that ended mid-calf when he wore the BB uniform.

    The Kentucky Effect… when it fails.



  98. Me
    11:15 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt / ksr, your liberal views may just be your downfall.



  99. REAL BLY
    11:29 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Do they drug test politicians?? If not …they should!!!



  100. john4uk
    11:32 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure Richie can find or develop work if he wants it.Hell he could start his own business .I’m sure there are wealthy people throughout Kentucky that have dogs.Richie could set up a pooper scooper business and pick up dog turds from their yards on a weekly basis.With his connections and notoriety as a UK player,i’m sure he could have a prosperous business.



  101. Joe Metrick
    11:35 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Nice going, Matt. You sure know how to turn on the rest of the state against some one from Southeastern Kentucky… Oh wait, aren’t you from Southeastern Kentucky.



  102. Kendall Wilson
    11:38 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to hear this about Richie. It seems like one bad decision after another. There is supposed to be a great write up on Richie on Kentucky Basketball Forum tomorrow detailing all of the allegations against him.



  103. AmberAlertforMJ
    11:43 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    This site was built on the strength of the writing of Matt Jones alone. It is now on a momentum free ride with others attempting to carry the load. Some are more adequate than others but generally speaking the writing is nowhere near as good. That said, MJ appears to have changed somewhat too and is now more concerned with generating hype than providing a service. This type of political hackjob – truth or not truth -is geared solely to create hits on a website and is conveniently about a former, Republican, UK player. I truly doubt it hurts Matt at all to “make the jokes” he is obliged to make. Some things are meant to be left alone. Using this story to benefit your$elf is revealing . . . and that’s sad because I’ve always been a defender.



  104. Tripled
    11:57 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Farmer wasn’t even my favorite player on that team and now I know why. Republican, HAHAHA!! Typical Repubs, hypocrytes and liars.



  105. CATFANRAN
    12:11 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    The man had the commonwealth in his palm and beloved by everyone that charishes the BLUE AND WHITE, and he now is considered a “CROOK” and has definately fallen from grace, sad sad sad.



  106. farmerblue
    12:12 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    He is an idiot!



  107. TheRealHambone
    12:29 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Richie is a man that was done in by what Coach Cal calls the Kentucky Effect. He was always given special treatment while growing up in Manchester, spoiling him and making him believe that he could do anything he wanted, which he could, as long as he was shooting those “threes” for Clay County and UK; even garnering for himself a position in state government that was far beyond his abilities. But now that he is just another muddle-aged man with a mustache reality of the real world is setting in with a vengeance. You’ve danced Richie… now its time to “pay the fiddler”. Makes me wonder though, is Richie to blame for all this embarrassment to himself and the Commonwealth or are we, the citizens that put him in a position of responsibility that he was totally unqualified for, all because of the Kentucky Effect? Thank God he didn’t make it to the Governor’s office.



  108. Forgive
    1:15 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    We all make mistakes. Take this and learn from it Richie.



  109. bluebiscuit
    2:27 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you don’t seem to understand — this is RICHIE FARMER we’re talking about. RICHIE FARMER! There was a time when he was as big as ELVIS in this state! (And, it looks like his life is about as bizarre as Elvis’s, sad to say.) Of course this story should be on KSR, no matter what Matt’s or Richie’s political views. Richie was such a big deal, and could have been an even bigger deal (in a positive way, not the current negative way). I don’t think Matt was using this story as a chance to punch at a Republican, and here is why — Matt is more upfront about it when he is bashing a Republican. He comes right out and says what he’s doing. But today, he just seemed to be lamenting over Richie’s mess of a life, and did not seem to be expressing any glee that it was a Republican was in a mess. He was expressing the woeful sounds of one who has witnessed a sports hero’s very public and graceless fall off of a pedestal. At least that was my take on it.



  110. bluebiscuit
    2:29 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Three lines from the bottom, it should have read …”it was a Republican who was in a mess.”



  111. CALCATS
    2:48 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    107 – Best entry on here (#1, and #70 close)
    #5 & #87 – Go get your government cheese cause you don’t get it. The man made over $100k a year for at least 4 years and the day he gets out of office he still has his hand out. He’s an elected official and doesn’t even know the state law about it or ask someone about it.
    48 – keep smoking
    63 – he has kids
    99 – great question
    #100 that’s the part I just can’t figure out. This guy could have anything he wanted as #107 told us – GIVEN to him, but he CHOSE to do it in a way to tick everyone off. WHY? Drugs, culture, entitlement I’d don’t know, but he could have made a difference to the people who have given him everything and now he has his hand out asking to take from them again. SAD



  112. Tampa Satchel
    3:27 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I love reading all the tea-bagger’s all-libs-must-die-conspiracy posts. It picks me up after a stressful day. I can imagine each and every one of you as the thugs in, “Book of Eli.” You can’t even shoot a blind man! Hahahaha.



  113. Tim
    4:22 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #53, getting fired does not qualify you to get unemployment either. Regardless of how he was hired, he no longer has a job. Now the case may be that State elected officials are exempt. This “serving the people” trash though is stupid. It’s a job, period. There are few to none true civil servants in any form of government today.



  114. Raging Liberal
    4:39 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m admittedly a raging liberal, but when it comes to Ky politics I don’t vote party line, and I certainly voted for Farmer in 04 and 08. So I get what Matt’s saying…this has nothing to do with being a Republican or a Democrat, and it’s flat out DISAPPOINTING that someone who we all held in such high esteem has fallen like this.

    And in further defense of Matt, of course he had to cover it…whenever ANY player or former player of any notoriety has done anything wrong, it’s been covered on this site. So what was Matt supposed to do, ignore it just because Farmer’s in politics? Or pretend it isn’t true?



  115. tyrus
    6:17 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    And just a few short years ago, it seemed he was destined to be this state’s governor. Really Matt? In your mind only. Ask you boy Ryan who knows a little about Frankfort politics. All mustache no substance.



  116. Bob
    8:46 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky Unemployment Compensation Laws and Regulations Section 341.055 NonCovered Employment:

    (4) Certain service performed in the employ of this state or any of its
    political subdivisions, municipalities or instrumentalities thereof,
    but only if the service is performed by an individual in the exercise
    of his or her duties:
    (a) As a public elected official;
    (b) As a member of a legislative body of this state or a political
    subdivision thereof;
    (c) As a member of the judiciary of this state or political
    subdivision thereof;
    (d) As a member of the state National Guard or Air National Guard;
    (e) As an employee serving on a temporary basis in case of fire,
    storm, snow, earthquake, flood, or similar emergency; or
    (f) In a position which, under or pursuant to the state law is
    designated as a major nontenured policymaking or advisory
    position, or a policymaking or advisory position the performance
    of the duties of which ordinarily does not require more than eight
    (8) hours per week or by reason of service on any appointed state
    or local board or commission;



  117. Dr Noah Lott
    8:56 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Springtime is coming Richie. Plant some corn & beans & be Kentucky Proud