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Call John Higgins’ business and you get the FBI (or someone pretending to be FBI)

It’s really time to chill, BBN.

Things have gotten so out of control that if you call John Higgins’ roofing business, you will be greeted by the FBI.

After hearing reports that this was the case, I tried the number myself to confirm. (Because I’m a reporter or whatever, allegedly.) When I did, the voice on the other line said, “Federal Bureau of Investigation” — not the usual phone introduction from Higgins’ roofing business.

Of course, this could be Higgins’ secretary pretending to be the FBI. Either way, someone, legit or not, claims to be with the Bureau.

We all know Higgins called a crap first half and he was a part of four UK tournament exits, but the threats against him and his business are way out of line.

It is fair game to make fun of his officiating, because he sucked; however, there is no reason why the FBI should be involved, if it indeed is.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

86 Comments for Call John Higgins’ business and you get the FBI (or someone pretending to be FBI)



  1. ghenson08
    12:43 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Couldn’t it be that he’s saying FBI to deter people from calling?



    • Sparkacus
      12:45 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the FBI. Death threats online technically go across state lines, making it their problem to sort out.



    • Mathlete
      3:35 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Death threats, especially across state lines, will get the FBI involved. That said, it’s a dangerous game if someone is pretending. Impersonating a federal agent is a felony.



  2. Cousins Fake Tooth
    12:44 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    I can answer the phone and say I am Humpty Dumpty.



  3. TBW3011
    12:47 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe they are at his office investigating illegal gambling? Lol



  4. kingave66
    12:47 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Hopefully the FBI is investigating Higgins himself for cheating Kentucky.



  5. Catcasey1
    12:49 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Not the FBI



  6. ukjaybrat
    12:49 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t remember who said it, but does something like this basically make it impossible for him to ref a UK game again? he CLEARLY will no longer be a biased participant



  7. wan8iv
    12:49 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    If this doesn’t stop the NCAA from putting him on the crews to ref a UK game nothing will. His abysmal record of calling UK games should have…..



    • timbo
      4:15 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      NCAA refs are “independent contractors “, not employees of the NCAA (that’s the problem; in contrast to the NBA). There is minimal accountability and referees set their own schedules, signing up to crew any game they wish, first come-first served.



  8. Captain Kentucky
    12:52 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    No way that is the FBI That is BS. Just another way Higgins is trying to screw the BBN.



    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      3:25 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      How does how he answer his phone affect us?



  9. madarchitect
    12:54 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe BBN should stop with the death threats but continue to call and tell him he sucks as a referee?!



  10. kycats13
    12:55 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    How about we move on from this. We had our chances as poorly as we played at times. Too, has anyone noticed that Bam has hands of stone? He can’t catch the ball, handle the ball, or seems not strong enough to make a major move to the basket. Just say’n… but lets move on.

    When does football season start? 🙂



    • WeareBBN
      1:37 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you for showing some of BBN has common sense. As I posted before several of these so called bad calls are just people watching with one team in mind. We lost by 2 and missed 7 free throws. We were up 5 with 5 minutes left and their coach actually coached while ours yelled. The zone defense switch won the game. The lack of us adjusting to it lost the game. Most of those calls were the right call or so close you can see it called either way, like the basket interference call. Maybe if we have inbounds plays under the basket to score easy points, like every team from YMCA 11 year olds to the NBA, we win, my bad that would take actual coaching. Coach Cal can now focus on the day that really matters to him, the June NBA Draft. Push some more kids to the league that are not ready. I think Monk and Fox are able to compete right now, that is it. Love Bam but he needs more development.



    • AGSlater
      4:00 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Agree. Players first

    • ^^^AGSlater/cats paw, is that you?^^^



    • runningunnin.454
      1:49 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      That’s ole Roy’s biggest fan.



    • secrick
      1:50 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      WeareBBN, You are full of it.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:03 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      As if complaining on an officials FB page would make any difference anyway. Clearly the goal was not to fix the problem, but just to vent and act like pricks. But what does that prove? If you want to FIX THE PROBLEM, complain to the NCAA or to sports journalists!



    • damage_control
      2:24 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      The NCAA is clearly immune to BBN complaints.



    • CATandMONKEY
      3:24 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Some of BBN has common sense.
      WEAREBBN on the other hand has shown himself to be a troll and obviously NOT a fan of the program. Even if he occasionally makes a good point , 99% of his posts are meant to criticize the program, the team, the coach and the fans.
      Give Weare BBN what he deserves as an ” AAU Ref” and likely Louisville fan…silence.
      As I shall from here on out. Way too much attention given already.



    • AGSlater
      4:01 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Anyone who says anything negative is automatically not a fan a duke fan a u of l fan. How about we dont suck off everyone and give ctitcism where its due



    • Mathlete
      3:37 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      It has to be in his scouting report that Bam is easily pilfered. He got hacked a lot, but he needs to figure out how to hold the ball so it isn’t such a clean shot to knock it away from him



    • timbo
      4:19 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      What? PLEASE make sense of that for everyone… How should he “hold it”? Under his jersey? Are you serious with that?



    • catsarerunnin
      7:20 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Yes Slater you’re automatically not a fan. So move on.



  11. TBW3011
    12:59 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    I wouldn’t call period, but I keep hearing the words “death threats” and have yet to see any evidence that has happened.



    • KTR2786
      1:10 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly, not to mention anyone who thinks that “death threats” on the internet are an unusual occurrence probably doesn’t use the internet.



    • timbo
      4:24 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah… you’d probably take that chance if 20,000 people were threatening to kill your wife/sister/mother “on the internet”. No way 1 of those totally sane people who threaten death would ACTUALLY act, right? You’d scoff if your wife/sister/mother mentioned it, right?



    • bluetide
      7:05 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      I’d never be so blatantly irresponsible as to do what Higgins did either so there’s that.



  12. Loc
    1:03 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    I called just to see, and no f.b.i, just some lady named shawna



    • TBW3011
      1:24 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Oh yeah, I know her. FBI Director Shawna something



  13. fatbrat
    1:23 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    The FBI wouldn’t be answering his phone by any stretch but could be listening in if death threats have been made..Usually the local Leo’s would handle any initial complaint..



  14. TheNewOriginal
    1:29 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Imitating a Federal Officer? That’s a very serious offense.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:31 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Imitating a professional ref should be an offense as well. He clearly isn’t one after that game.



    • WeareBBN
      1:40 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Blueblood should be happy imitating a fan, or sane human being, is not illegal. Cal should be thankful imitating a coach is not illegal. GREAT recruiter {most years} but bad coach {all years}.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:52 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      BBN you would look great in Carolina Blue.



    • Booby Petrino
      2:22 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      With those lame line, Weare has to be cats paw. Bad coach? What’s his record again?



    • ClutchCargo
      3:06 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      WeareBBN, please just stop making yourself look dumber with each post.



    • 4everblue
      3:40 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      WeareBBN is obviously jealous of our program and an obvious troll. Might even be Higgins himself….



    • AGSlater
      4:02 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      4everblue still thinks cal outcoached roy



    • catsarerunnin
      7:22 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      UK 8 UL 3 Slater.



  15. damage_control
    1:40 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    I think Drew’s trying to deter people from calling him. Let’s all find out for ourselves shall we?

  16. They’re probably only saying that if it’s from a KY area code.



    • Big DAWG Loggin
      3:29 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Perhaps. If one must make the call, to the deserving cheat, dial *67 in fron of Higgin’s number for caller ID block. They may or may not pick up.



  17. BlueGrass
    1:52 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Why is calling up his business and leaving nasty remarks about him crossing the line? Why?

    He screwed several million people over in the state of KY. We’re just screwing over a handful.

    Also, if he just sucked, then I would say we shouldn’t further punish him for his incompetence, but he is deliberately cheating against UK (at least that is my take). Thus, I think he’s fair game.

    How am I wrong?



    • PillsburyThrowboy
      2:01 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Christ dude.

      Why is it crossing the line? Because it has NOTHING to do with his officiating. Attacking a man’s livelihood over a basketball game is pretty low. Are you that immature?

      Grow the f up



    • runningunnin.454
      2:53 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      I couldn’t care less about his livelihood ….he can starve for all I care.
      I’ll say it again;
      you reap what you sow
      Que Sera Sera.



    • 4everblue
      3:46 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      I’m with runninggunnin on this one, PillsburyThrowboy can judge me all he wants, he can starve along with Higgins for all I care!



    • timbo
      4:32 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      You can’t be! You stated your own (wrong/insane/not fit to raise a child) opinion as fact! You think it, therefore it is! Making threats against another life, harassment, etc., that’s just the second wrong making a right! Otherwise death threats, harassment, etc. would be illegal!



  18. secrick
    1:53 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    WEARRBBN, Go back to the Lville post if you can find one. You are not a KY fan and know nothing about Coaching .



  19. kellywjohnson
    1:57 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    The good news is that the more this escalates, the less likely he will officiate one of our future games. The NCAA will just avoid future issues my not scheduling him for our games.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:05 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not giving the perpetrators credit for enough brains to have planned it that way.



  20. ghenson08
    2:08 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Wait… can BBN also do this to Doug Shows, TV Teddy, et al to guarantee we don’t get them too?



    • damage_control
      3:28 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Strangely, I think that Doug Shows has gotten noticeably better. I no longer consider him “one of those” refs. TV Teddy is bad, but not in the same league of Sirmons or Higgins.



  21. UKfanforlife
    2:08 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter if John Higgins officiates another UK game or not. If he isn’t found out for taking bribes or betting on Carolina, as the reason for making all of the one sided calls, other officials will be bribed or be as biased as he was, to make sure the betting line goes a certain way.

    The root cause has to be found out and made public. I really doubt that he called all of those calls one sided, just because he prefers a lighter shade of blue over a darker one. It has to have some kind of profit involved. No professional would risk that on national tv, unless it was worth it financially.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:22 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      His bookie says he does very well.



    • Catsby80
      2:52 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Why do you think he was betting on the game? Do you have proof of this? The game happens at such a fast pace that you have a split second to call a foul/goaltend/travel etc. I’d love to see any of the commenters on these threads try and officiate a game at full speed as well as these guys do. Do they miss calls? Sure absolutely they do – they’re human. Officials miss calls in every single sport, but that is why other sports/leagues have instituted a challenge option. The NCAA should seriously consider this as an option moving forward. One challenge per half or something like that.



    • damage_control
      3:28 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Damn Catsby, what are you, Higgins mom or something?



  22. bige
    2:16 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    I stopped watching NCAA bball a few years ago and a part of it was due to inconsistent officiating with the primary reason being NCAA hypocrisy.

    Surprisingly, I don’t miss it a bit and after watching Sunday’s game, the only game I watched all year, all was reconfirmed.
    I was a HUUUGE UK fan for a long time (tears after NCAA losses type fan when I was young) but almost indifferent now and was actually more amazed at the absurdity of Sunday’s game at the end rather than disappointed.

    Thanks NCAA! Freedom!.



  23. motorcitywings
    2:20 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    We’ve watched the game and some have re-watched the calls. We all KNOW that the level of officiating incompetence and bias seems impossible to chalk up to simply “having a bad night officiating”. The evididence is on tape, and there are other games to reference. I’ll grant you that the FBI probably should get involved in investigating this referee as his conduct is damning. That Kentucky was good enough to battle back actually softened Mr. Higgins’ inadequacies as a referee in the game’s afternath. I know Kentucky fans are upset because everyone wants sports to be an even playing ground and Mr. Higgins shattered any concept of fair play, but Kentucky fans need to be smart and not step over the line. Let the authorities sort this out. It’s ok to be upset for those kids that fought their tails off and battled back even when handicapped, but let’s go about this the right way and hope for a just outcome.



    • W F Reserve
      5:22 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Higgins and the NCAA are behind it. If improper seeding doesn’t work, then Higgins is the backup. If Higgins is removed, they will just insert Sirmons or Ayres. The only course of action is to keep th attention going and hope a non ESPN media outlet or investigative reporter wants to run with it.



  24. Trinity45
    2:37 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    People should not be calling his phone, if they want to start petitions etc great. Hell call the NCAA they are the ones who assigned the Jerk to call that game but stop being Jerks and idiots as a fan base.



    • Beavis
      2:50 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Well,,,after Higgins set the example, why not act like a jerk. As far as calling the NCAA, looks like they have rewarded his ,outstanding officiating by assigning him to the final four. If he gets assigned to the SC vs Zags I will bet you will see an epic meltdown by Frank.



    • damage_control
      2:50 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Start a petition….yeah dude. Where do I sign up for that?



    • Catsby80
      2:58 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      damage_control: why are you instigating harassing this dude? why don’t you look up how to start a petition and be productive with your time instead of inciting all of these rabid fans who want to “vent” as you said earlier.



    • damage_control
      3:29 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      GFY- How bout that? Productive enough for ya?



    • 4everblue
      3:54 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      damage_control I love that response….Some real Dudley Do Rights on here today…



    • Catsby80
      3:54 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Haha you, like the idiots posting on his facebook page and business page, are nothing but a bunch of keyboard warriors. Have a nice day, hardass.



  25. david8577
    2:46 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    John Higgins made his bed; now he has to sleep in it.



  26. Booby Petrino
    3:11 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    One of my friends who is a UNC fan just shared an article from a UNC blog about this situation and the headline was “No class from Kentucky fans”…..I soooo wanted to say “and fake classes at UNC” but didn’t want to get in the pi$sing match.



  27. CATandMONKEY
    3:33 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    The main thing I see is that there are really not issues with any other refs during the game. Zero.
    Higgins was making calls in the first half with his back to the play and was the furthest ref away from the action yet he could magically see things that the refs in the immediate vicinity evidently missed. Magical…on a Harry Potter level.



    • Beavis
      6:47 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Cat, I respectfully disagree. The other two officials had whistles in their mouths and refused to call what may have been 15 fouls on Meeks, offensive goal tending, travels, charges and an occasional out of bounds by a UNC player. Nope, the game was poorly officiated by all involved but I do have to agree with you on Higgins. Either he is completely incompetent or corrupt.



  28. ncaa is in on it
    3:42 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Mr. Higgins does have a Kentucky connection and his name is “Billy Walters” They have played golf together for years. It all goes thru an extended family member.



  29. mj7juice
    4:13 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    This is hilarious. Higgins can go to hell. He acts like an entitled pr**k. Frosted tips and all. The root of all these issues is because he thinks he’s bigger than the game. A roofer, probably a gambler, thinks he’s better than the coaches and players on the floor.



  30. catdaddyd
    7:18 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe Ashley Judd and her nasty friends can go and protest outside his business.



  31. eyebleedblue
    7:19 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Threatening the man is crossing the line.
    Hurting his business? Fair game. You reap what you sow. Investigate him, where there is smoke there is fire.



    • motorcitywings
      8:40 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      You are so right. There is so much smoke that I can’t see if anyone else is in the room.



  32. catsarerunnin
    7:33 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe the FBI showed up at his roofing biz because of their ongoing investigation of leaks…



  33. Adam
    8:01 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    When I put his website up in the comments section, which I have no idea if I was the 1st, 5th, 100th, I was hoping for some kind of a response from bbn. Death threats are too much, but something has to get some press. Otherwise, the NCAA will continue to use this guy to break our season. UConn, Wisconsin and this debacle are just the first of frosted-tips screwings we’ll receive.

    I considered paying for a billboard in Omaha or maybe outside NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis to make a provocative point that this guy REALLY hates U.K. Or Cal, and he’s willing to act upon his hate. Something like “Higgins doesn’t fondle kids in Nebraska…because he’s tired from screwing over the Commonwealth of Kentucky!” THIS type of thing might get national press and force them from officiating our games. Hell, would you have ever thought you would want Doug Shows instead of Simone else?!?

    Could we have played better? Yes. Would it matter? Probably not. The Wisconsin game should teach us that…Higgins would’ve done whatever was necessary late in regulation or in OT to just get us/Cal out.



  34. katieshepherd7
    9:07 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    I am so embarrassed to by a Cats fan right now. You really think you hurt this man by attacking his business page? You’ve more than likely filled his entire summer schedule with roofing jobs all the way ’til next college basketball season. On top of that, you’ve shown the world just how asinine some, NOT ALL thank goodness, UK fans can be when we lose.



  35. rushman
    9:55 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe the FBI is investigating how a NCAA referre could manage to get his own head up his rear end so fast.