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Shabazz Muhammad’s dad is in trouble

Ron Holmes, Shabazz Muhammad’s old man, was indicted yesterday on federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges. He is currently being detained in Las Vegas pending a detention hearing. The indictment says Holmes and his business partners obtained “mortgage loans by fraudulent means to buy houses” from 2006 to 2009. The U.S. attorney’s office is out to recover $2.5 million from them.

Question: Can we say Kentucky dodged a bullet by losing Shabazz to UCLA last spring? Yes, the Wildcats could’ve used him on the court last season, but there’s been nothing but bad publicity around him since he arrived on the college basketball scene. Between his crazy, law-breaking father, Pat Forde’s ridiculous backpack report, and Shabazz pouting after a teammate hit a game-winner, I’m okay with Shabazz staying out west and out of Lexington.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

36 Comments for Shabazz Muhammad’s dad is in trouble



  1. Smart Person
    11:03 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    I remember a certain UK player who had a father in trouble with the law. People’s POV was that we should not associate the SIN of the Father with the son.

    It is right to criticize Muhammad’s play on the court, but this is low.



  2. bigbluebear
    11:07 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    That Muhammad pouting after his teammate hit the shot was the most overblown thing ive seen in a while.



  3. Lawman83
    11:13 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome to federal prison Mr. Muhammad.



  4. Blue To The Bone..
    11:16 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Agree #1…I am sure the kid is embarrassed enough already.



  5. how so?
    11:21 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    #2.. How is it overblown? In team sports that is one of the mst selfish things ever



  6. how so?
    11:21 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    most*



  7. KcMunk
    11:22 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #1.



  8. H.A. Milton
    11:25 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    I think when a recruitment has the tone Muhammad’s did (behind the scenes financial and corporate ties) that seemed to be driven by his father, and then the same father is indicted for fraud, its kind of hard to separate. I’m not a fan of Mr Franklin, but in this case, he is 100% accurate. Also, these incidents with Muhammad would have been way more blown out of proportion had he gone to UK…definitely a relief he did not. And I don’t think he would have added what the team lacked anyways, which was a true teammate, and strong character (aside from a point guard who’s balls had dropped).



  9. Duuuuuude
    11:25 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky is not for everybody!



  10. Drew Franklin
    11:30 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    8. — I’m a fan of you.



  11. Quickdraw
    11:31 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Dad lied about the kids age too. He is not an honest guy. Kid, played one year, coach got fired. Cal talks about family and character. I’m kind of surprised and maybe disappointed we recruited him as hard as we did.



  12. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    11:31 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Cal would have adjusted Bazz’s attitude. I gladly would have welcomed him to last year’s team. At least then we would have made the field of 68.



  13. davebman
    11:39 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Mama got guns!



  14. byebye
    11:45 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    we SIMPLY DON’T NEED THESE TYPES, REGARDLESS OF HOW GOOD THEY ARE

    we simply don’t need these types, regardless of how good they are at basketball. You can’t tell me Shabazz didn’t know his dad’s character.



  15. Bluebloodtoo
    11:49 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone else notice that almost every time that Cal “misses” out on a recruit, bad things come bubbling to the surface later on?



  16. asdf
    11:51 am May 31, 2013 Permalink

    The father is not the son, and this is not a sports story.

    Kelenna Azuibuke’s dad’s troubles should never have been all over the sports section of the Herald-Leader. The fact that it was cost the LHL literally thousands of subscriptions from outraged readers.



  17. rob
    12:11 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Generally I think we should leave families of kids alone, but I do have to say that his mom looks like she stole Rajon Rondo’s arms and hands.



  18. Brandon
    12:13 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Everybody saying not to blame the father, I don’t think it was shabazz’s decision to lie about his age when growing up so he could be older than the competition that was also the POS father I’m glad all that didn’t come to Lexington



  19. Blueswade
    12:17 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    His momma has some huge “man hands.”



  20. Duke Sucks
    12:31 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Talk all the BS you want, we would have took him! Our team would have been better with him, so stop with all this we are glad we didn’t get him BS.



  21. Anthony
    12:35 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    I know Shabazz has a sister, but what’s the name of his brother who is in the picture with he and his dad?



  22. Who?
    1:08 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Who?



  23. jeff garlin
    1:11 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    She doesn’t have man hands, she has beast hands..



  24. I B.S. You Not
    1:31 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    We are glad we didn’t get him!



  25. andrew
    1:45 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    TRUST CALIPARI! The guy knows what he is doing. Players like Shabazz and Wiggins while very good players don’t appear to have been as good of fits as Calipari would want. Caveat of that statement is you recruit guys like Goodwin and Poythress who don’t necessarily pan out to what you expected either.



  26. barn
    2:02 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    ron holmes? is shabazz adopted? maybe he’s not his blood father.



  27. dave
    2:10 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    26-pretty sure dad “gave” his kid a name that was “more marketable” while also changing his age.



  28. Juwanna Mann
    2:42 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Hello everybody, it’s Shabazz’s mother. I’m cool with you all making fun of me, but was wondering if you all would watch the sequel to my movie? The first one didn’t do so great. Thanks.



  29. Mc
    2:43 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    #25) Cal wanted Wiggins, and Wiggins would have fit in fine. He can’t win them all.



  30. StupidFather
    2:54 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    It’s definitely not ShaBazz’ fault. He can’t help it if his Father is a slug. I feel sorry for ShaBazz. He has to be in the public eye and know what everybody thinks about his Father.



  31. Jake from State Farm
    3:10 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Momma could rake leaves with those hands.



  32. 1fan
    4:04 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Drew,
    I was simply trying to take up for you and this article and you delete my post….why???



  33. tickle
    4:13 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    31–yukyuk



  34. Wildcatsteeler
    6:05 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Meanwhile, Wall Street and the big banks that did the same thing to the tune of hundreds of billions get of scott free.



  35. Bunny
    10:44 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Greedy POS…can you say scum?



  36. Chicago Chris
    11:11 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Unless, of course, we’d won Championship #9 with Shabazz. Every article would be in his defense.