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Dick Vitale Opens Up About Bullying


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Dick Vitale joined the All-Star lineup of college basketball minds yesterday morning on the radio broadcast. He spoke of his love for Calipari and the hate he receives because of it, as well as the elite tier of teams at the top in college basketball this season.

The highlight of the segment had nothing to do with sports, but was Vitale’s frank discussion on bullying. Dickie V opened up about being tormented in his youth. As an adult, Vitale was almost driven to quit his job at ESPN due to bullying.

It struck a chord hearing a popular media figure, a household name for much of my life, share such personal experiences on the air, and with such brutal honesty. The main message he wanted to get across was simply to be kind to one another.

It’s a simple message of course, but one that we, especially in the Internet age, need to be reminded of–words are powerful. Being cruel on an Internet message board, Twitter, or the KSR comment section is no less significant than doing so in person.

Check out yesterday’s podcast here. 

And be sure to check out Vitale’s full article on his experiences with bullying. It is a fantastic read from a stand-up guy.

Preparing for mean comments in 3…2…1.

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Article written by Brennan English

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. @BrennanKSR

8 Comments for Dick Vitale Opens Up About Bullying

  1. Luther
    4:05 pm November 23, 2013 Permalink

    Obama is a bully…

    • PrestonKnowlesHairbrush
      4:36 pm November 23, 2013 Permalink

      Pshhhhh. He should change his name to Vagina Vitale.

    • Hard cold truth
      4:44 pm November 23, 2013 Permalink

      Suck it up

  2. barn
    5:28 pm November 23, 2013 Permalink

    screw dick

  3. Jdn1016
    5:29 pm November 23, 2013 Permalink

    My guess is Luther, Preston & hard are the most gutless pu$$ies in their little town. Love to meet them in an alley some day!,

  4. kentuckyjoe
    5:56 pm November 23, 2013 Permalink

    jdn – you da man!

  5. Jonathan
    12:37 am November 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve always wondered if high school dropout bloggers could get jobs somewhere. Does KSR really hire people with journalism talent? It seems like the qualifications to get a job here are: 1) Hate Louisville, 2) Hate Indiana, 3) Be able to trash them despite any truth, 4) Have no respect for yourself, 5) If your blogs match qualification 1-3 you’re hired on the spot., 6) What is journalism?


    Person who knows how to rile up an audience without having to report anything newsworthy or has any respect for themselves as journalists. Or non-journalists, a.k.a. high school dropout bloggers, who fit perfectly in a non-news radio show.

  6. shutup
    7:19 pm November 24, 2013 Permalink

    I got hate tweets on twitter just for retweeting that article. People are pigs.