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ESPN is reporting that John Higgins received death threats from Kentucky fans

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Turns out Kentucky fans’ outrage at referee John Higgins over questionable calls in Sunday’s game vs. North Carolina went far past fake reviews on his roofing company’s Facebook page. According to ESPN, Higgins received death threats from Kentucky fans, which prompted a meeting with law enforcement:

Sources said the phones at Higgins’ home and business have been “ringing off the hook” since the game, with angry Kentucky calling to complain and some even going so far as to make death threats.

That prompted a meeting with law enforcement.

Higgins declined to comment when reached by phone, but sources said the official will work the Final Four in Phoenix.

Ugh. We have to be better than this, guys.

[ESPN]

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115 Comments for ESPN is reporting that John Higgins received death threats from Kentucky fans



  1. UKblueballs
    9:53 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Disappointing BBN



    • Willis Wolf Tattoo
      2:35 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      It was Gonzaga/Northwestern but whatever- you’re the expert on officiating. You’re only touching the tip of the iceberg. The Monk foul on Jackson’s 3, the non-call on Fox at the end of the 1st half, the countless push-offs by Berry, the countless over the backs by Meeks………..



    • syrin23
      6:17 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      I am not going to defend death threats, but when you have a bad official who repeatedly shows bias against a specific team, and that bias impacts the outcome of the game, then receives NO REPRIMAND FROM THE NCAA, then this is what happens. If the NCAA would get the terrible officiating under control, and ban d’bags like this one from ever officiating a UK game, these sorts of things would not happen.



  2. Trinity45
    10:01 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    There were bound to be some numb skulls who came unhinged but how in the hell did he rate to call a final 4 game. The NCAA is the one we should be bombarding with calls.



    • WeareBBN
      12:20 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Because if you watch the calls without blue glasses on you see they were not bad, except the basket interference which took super slow mo to see. That is NCAA issue, allow replay at next dead ball for those calls.



    • TBW3011
      12:33 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t you have a leaky roof to fix? It’s on tape. Go away John.



    • WeareBBN
      2:30 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      That is my point, watch the tapes. Willis grabs the wrist on loose ball. Bams off hand is clearly on neck/shoulder. Fox block was the other ref call. Basket interference probably 75% or more of the refs would have called, NCAA needs to allow review. Any non bias person watching the tape you want us to watch would see this. You look through blue glasses. What about the last jumper Hump made, was a walk so call for that to be made. Oh, it was ok to miss that since it was in our favor.



    • catsarerunnin
      5:00 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      I look at the world through blue glasses because I’m a FAN. I’m not some idiot dropping turds in the punch bowl of UK fans.



    • syrin23
      6:19 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      WearBBN, and Meeks pushed off with two handed shoves in the chest to get post position, came over the back on half his rebounds, their guards could be called for offensive fouls and most drives, and what they did to Fox at the end of the first half might have been a felony. Get your head out of your arse. It was ONE SIDED. If those were infractions on us, then they CLEARLY were on them.



    • Luether
      6:46 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      It was an Elite 8 game – not a Final 4 game…



    • catsarerunnin
      7:19 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Guess your “sources” didn’t tell you he’s officiating in the FF. Or maybe be you should learn to read…



  3. KSR Spy
    10:02 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Death Threats are insanely stupid. Stop it…just stop it.

    That being said, I feel no pity for him. He ruined the season and that’s going to haunt those kids and fans for the rest of their lives.

    The NCAA obviously isn’t going to police anything since he’s also working the Final Four.

    I have no problem with shutting down his personal stuff and blowing him up. He reaps what he sows.

    However, no death threats or threats against his family. No..No no no.

    Want to blow up his business page, troll the heck out of him, and call him to tell him he’s terrible. Then by all means do. Death threats, no.



    • Catsby80
      10:07 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      This is the damn problem. You’re condoning harassment. It absolutely is not okay to call him and troll him and all that nonsense. Our guys had PLENTY of opportunities to win the game, yet here we are still blaming the officiating. Why don’t you put the blame on some of our guys for allowing a 4:30 minute scoring drought in the final 5 minutes of the game? Or for allowing Meeks to collect 17 rebounds? Or our guards missing free throws? Or Willis/Mulder collectively not making a single 3? The ref is not the damn reason we lost the game. Accept it and move on.



    • timbo
      12:26 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Spot on. Morality circles the drain. “Do unto others”? Nope. Do whatever you want in the name of your own “justice”.



    • tbbucs86
      10:40 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      you are a moron and the problem. Anyone found out to have given a death threat needs jail time.



    • tbbucs86
      10:41 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      So KSY Spy wonder how you would feel if you had a bad day at work and you received death threats



    • TBW3011
      12:35 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      What if you didn’t have a bad day at work and intentionally ruined it for others? Do you expect no consequences for your deliberate actions? Death threats are idiotic. No doubt about that. Grown adults with personal grudges taking it out on 18 yr old kids trying to play a freaking game is also idiotic.



    • KSR Spy
      11:41 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Killing momentum, taking half our team out of the game, and keeping UNC with a lead…yes, big cause of the loss. If the game had been called fairly and we played exactly the way we did…we would have won. No question.

      Once again for those that can’t read, I do not condone the death threats.

      If I had one bad day at work? No, if it was consistent…yes. I would expect my clients to express their dissatisfaction with myself and my employer. If my employer gave me a raise for my bad work and kept me on that client, I would expect the client to be even more livid and do everything to get me taken off the contract or get out of the contract. Then I would also expect them to express their discontent to all of their peers.

      So yes…i have no problem with anything here outside of the threats. Those need to stop.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:08 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Leave Briscoe, the other players, and Cal out of it. As for Cal, he took a young team that was floundering mid-season, and we beat a top 5 team that had dominated us earlier in the year, and we lost on a last second shot to the team that will probably win the title.
      WeareBBN, you’re obviously not a UK fan…why don’t you go away and take your blue tinted glasses to Duke or NC fan blogs?



    • WeareBBN
      2:38 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      well running454… I used them as examples of how stupid it would be to do, even saying how stupid does that sound to blame them. I am a UK fan, football season tix holder, make several bball games {mens and womens}, make some baseball and softball as well….all while living 3 hours away. Just every game we lose this site and the fans blame the refs and act like we are the only team that gets questionable calls. Cal is not a great game coach, great recruiter, great guy, great for the program in his own way. I don’t care for him because I prefer titles and the one and done relying ion freshman can’t win titles. Before you say 2012 remember Lamb and Jones were back as Final Four Sophs and Miller was a Sr leader. In the big game, on offense, the Fr choked. Had Rick P stayed here we would be nearing 15 titles, if not there already, and would have been the greatest dynasty in the history of sports. Not a fan of what he has done since he got to loserville but am a fan of what he did here.



    • runningunnin.454
      4:55 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      WeareBBn; I read your post to say; ” blame Cal for putting Willis back in….how stupid does that sound”.
      By the way, where is your original post? I look like I’m replying to thin air…did you delete it?
      So you don’t like the superstar 5* one-and-done freshmen? You want to go back to Tubby with 2* and 3* and losing to Gardner-Webb and UAB.
      Rick would have won 7 more titles? That’s optimistic; how many has he won at UL?



    • syrin23
      6:22 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Excellent comparison KSR Spy. In the real world, bad employeees get reprimands and punishment. The NCAA LOVES power f’ing UK, and it started with the bracket and ended with their officiating.



  4. UKBlue1982
    10:06 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    The internet is not a license to be a redneck dumbass.



    • keiths
      12:00 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      And NO fan base has more of them than we do



    • RealCatsFan
      12:03 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      I think the Alabama Crimson Tide would beg to differ. We haven’t had anyone intentionally poisoning 100-year old oak trees yet.



    • Irwin R. Fletcher
      12:28 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yet



  5. oruacat2
    10:10 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    I won’t believe this until I see/hear it, but if it’s true then he could never again impartially (I know, funny) ref a UK game.



  6. Mc12
    10:11 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not saying some Kentucky fans didn’t do this, but it’s also not out of the realm of possibility that trolls have done this to make UK fans look bad too. Again, you can’t control what a small % of idiots do no matter what belief system you have.

    I think the funny posts were okay as these officials have no accountability and I wouldn’t be shocked if the NCAA was sticking it to Cal for his comments about the NCAA and creating super conferences to essentially cause the NCAA to be irrelevant, but any serious threats are uncalled for.

    I have seen maybe 5-10 games (not just UK games) in over 30 years where I felt the game was fixed or a ref had a deliberate hand in the outcome. This ref has now been in at least 2 of those games.



    • WeareBBN
      12:29 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      First, those idiots are not UK fans, they are scum of the earth. The trolls do not need to make us look bad, we do that after every loss. All losses are because of the ref, just look at this site afdter every loss we had. The writers and followers always blame the refs. We are the only team in all of sport that has bad calls.



    • rabblerabblerabble
      1:07 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Haha. Spot on, WeareBBN.



    • Wildcat Sheli
      3:42 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      I wouldn’t put it past trolls, either. In this article, https://www.si.com/college-basketball/2016/01/28/ncaa-basketballs-most-recognized-referee-well-traveled-john-higgins it talks about how after the controversial OK-Kansas game a similar thing happened and he forwarded them to the authorities. I know the West Virginia fans don’t like him, either.

      But suffice it to say, no matter how awful his officiating is — and it certainly is — we condemn any form of threatening behavior to his personal life, business or family. The BBN is better than that.

      But we should also remember what Cal said about everything being “on tape” and make sure the world sees it.



  7. Poppschmidty
    10:14 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Disappointed in the BBN. Absolutely disgusting…Do you know how disappointed the blue hairs are going to be?



  8. 8xchamp
    10:14 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Imo, we lost now our fans and all the money that comes with it have disengaged. Gotta say something to bring us back. Here’s an idea, don’t let roofers call games. I sure as hell don’t want players putting my roof on. Then we’re still playing, and you dont need to say things to get our fans to care. Let’s see some proof of threats. Because we certainly have proof he sucks.



    • tbbucs86
      10:43 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Another moronic comment by 8xchamp. So people are not allowed to have their own businesses and can only ref?



    • timbo
      12:32 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      No doubt his number has registered on that caller ID… no grace, no compassion, no care in the world except for what affects him personally.



    • TBW3011
      12:38 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      They should ref high school if they want. Shouldn’t be officiating games of that magnitude for a billion dollar industry



    • WeareBBN
      12:30 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Would probably rather have a life long unemployed Govt assisted sponge call the games. You know someone they can relate to.



    • catsarerunnin
      5:04 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yes I do.



  9. daddy43040
    10:18 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    He called yhe Willis foul from halfway across the court only after UK got the ball.Along with all the other calls he’s made why do we have to be better?He’s an adult cheating kids somebody has to do something abd Lord knows it won’t be the ncaa



    • WeareBBN
      12:31 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Willis had all wrist, easy call no matter if he called it from the upper level. Damn people watch the film it clearly shows it.



    • TBW3011
      12:39 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      You are a troll or beyond stupid. It was a loose ball. Arms and wrists may touch in a scrum. And impartial announcers disagree with your stupidity.



    • WeareBBN
      2:41 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yes loose ball things happen but the guy was trying to gather and pass it, “no D” got part of the wrist which gained an advantage to his team as the ball went to our player….that is a foul. Just because announcers say something it must be right. I even heard one call Fox…Deandre Fox…



  10. luke_emberton
    10:19 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    death threats are too far fake business reviews are kind of funny but death threats are absurd



  11. fatbrat
    10:20 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    As our fearless leader would say..”Fake News”..



  12. CATandMONKEY
    10:22 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Based on some of the idiotic posts on this site by puported UK fans- even after a win I do not doubt that a few Jethros made stupid threats. Alternatively, any fool with a phone or modem can post to any site and claim to represent BBN, The Democratic Party or The Russian Consulate.
    Even if no UK fan ever made a threat, the national perception that it is a distinct possibility is the sad fact of all this.



    • tbbucs86
      10:44 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yet LongRoad continues to come to this site



    • TBW3011
      12:41 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      So? What’s your point? I come here and agree with the post. Matt walks a very fine line quite often. Not unreasonable to think he eventually crosses it.



    • RealCatsFan
      12:06 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Had to throw politics in there, didn’t ya Sparky? SMH



  13. secrick
    10:28 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    More like card fans trying to make us look bad. How can you tell if it’s really a Ky fan or not? it’s a stupid story and only written by people like Pat Forde who hates Ky .



    • Catsby80
      10:39 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      After reading some of the comments on the articles yesterday, I can guarantee that there were plenty of lunatics calling him. I can’t say whether or not they were issuing death threats, but there were plenty of people that were pissed off acting like fools and because of that, they lost all plausible deniability in my opinion.



    • timbo
      12:37 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Geez. Everything you don’t want to accept is “not real”, “fake news”, right? Peddle some ignorant conspiracy theory and sprinkle it with “it’s only a story because they hate me” and you’ve got a modern day (circa 2016-2017) politician. Grow up. Everyone isn’t out to get you, our team, or your favorite politician. You sound ridiculous.



  14. kyrupp8
    10:33 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Oh calm down. Mrs. TT love how you shamed the reporters for shoving cameras in the kids faces right after the game. Stating how you would never. And included one of the pics of the kids crying in your report. Classy. Do I think there should be death threats? No. Is one person gonna put down the phone because your little lectures? No.

    How about some recruiting videos or something?



    • tbbucs86
      10:45 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Bet you are a fan of the Trump, only reporting good news



    • dballrb
      7:20 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Well,at least crooked Hillary is a ‘Nasty woman”



    • LongRoad2017
      11:17 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Had to invoke Trump didn’t you? He lives in your head, rent free.



    • RealCatsFan
      12:07 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      And he has a golden marmot living on top of his head, rent free. 😀



  15. david8577
    10:44 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Of course he received death threats. If you unfairly treat any huge group of people, you are going to have a couple of nut jobs, who don’t have much to live for, looking for revenge.



  16. taylor300
    10:47 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    you can bet the ncaa will let him call final four has to finish the job they started!!!!!



  17. AddctdGmbler
    10:56 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Thank you John Higgins for giving Cracker Barrel a break for a day or two



  18. WildcatAl
    11:00 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Funny that non of these death threats have been posted anywhere. Saying you hope someone dies or go jump off a building is not a threat.



    • WeareBBN
      12:34 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      they will not post them, they are actually evidence.



    • timbo
      12:40 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah. It’s totally acceptable behavior from an adult in a civil society, isn’t it? Moron. You don’t “post” death threats, you report them and let the authorities handle them. You’re the special kind of stupid that would argue that grass isn’t green because your yard is all dirt.



    • WildcatAl
      2:17 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Who said it’s acceptable or not. Just stating that hoping someone dies is not a threat. Timbo…you are a douche bag.



    • timbo
      5:17 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      I’m just stating your rationalization and excuse making for unacceptable behavior is beyond the pale and irritating to adults who have a sense of right vs. wrong. If your sister received the threats, I’m quite certain you wouldn’t yell “prove it!” In her face. “Stating that hoping someone dies” is immature, thoughtless, hateful, and a scar on a civil society; but here you are advocating it as acceptable behavior. It’s embarrassing to adults and U.K. fans and your ethics and integrity based on what suits you in the moment is disheartening to say the least.



    • catsarerunnin
      5:08 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yes please be careful when posting because it may become evidence in a criminal investigation or an investigation concerning sanity. In that case WereNotBBN has already impugned himself multiple times.



  19. motorcitywings
    11:06 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Death threats are going WAAAAY too far. I don’t think Kentucky fans should attack his business either. I do hope that Higgins gets investigated by the FBI about his curious officiating conduct over the years. There has been enough of a pattern now to warrant that. That the NCAA selected him for the Final Four despite his notoriety is also a subject requiring illumination.



  20. Alamo_Cats
    11:08 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    bobby boucher voice – “I love my wildcats very much, now you know that”



  21. secrick
    11:10 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t get why some of you guys get on here and read post then cry like babies about KSR, if you don’t like what they report then stay the f of this site.



  22. kbo24
    11:25 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    …and this surprises who?!? Literally EVERY TIME a fanbase as large as ours gets hosed the way we did, this happens. Every time. Doesn’t make it ok, and I would never support this behavior as there are far more constructive ways to deal with your anger, but c’mon…this is hardly ‘news’.



  23. mj7juice
    11:26 am March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Death threats are ridiculous but I wouldn’t rule out UL calling with the threats. Higgins deserves every comment and every phone call. His narcissistic behavior is deserving of all this. He is a piece of garbage, the liquid at the bottom of a dumpster.



  24. Bluebros
    12:07 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    I think the lack of public oversight of these refs leads to fans feeling hopeless after such a loss. The coach & players can’t say anything in fear of fines and suspension. Who will step up and call out such a poorly officiated game? What are the repercussions and consequences of a Rouge Ref?

    Death treats are beyond silly as I’m sure this guy had no intention of calling the game for UNC. He just had a really, really bad night. Fans are emotionally and financially invested in their teams and they deserve better & accountability from the NCAA. Something we’ve never seen from Mark Emmert & his officiating crews. This year’s SEC games were a new level of bad and nothing is being done to fix the problem.

    Tell me again how UNC & Louisville were eligible to play in the tournament this year? College basketball is almost unwatchable these days.



    • TBW3011
      12:46 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Agree with most of that. Disagree he had a bad. There was absolutely intent.



    • rartis1986
      3:41 am March 30, 2017 Permalink

      Plus he has had a pattern in many other games…one night is bad multiple is intend. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was gambling on these games.



  25. wildcatmatt27
    12:09 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Threatening someones life is never okay. With that said, I would say there’s always a few nuts who make the whole lot look bad, but it wouldn’t surprise me if some of them were just trying to make us look bad and might not be UK fans at all. Also, Higgins has to be better at his job. It seriously looked like he had money on the game and I have never said that about any other official.



  26. wildcatmatt27
    12:10 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    This is all on the NCAA IMO. They have no systems of checks and balances, which leads fans to take matters into their own hands.



  27. Kfckernel
    12:13 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    The petition listed earlier only needs about 2000 more signatures to meets is required 15,000 signatures. If it gets exposure for this either biased or incompetent referee it will be worth it.

    Posting again here:

    https://www.change.org/p/ncaa-this-petition-is-to-vacate-john-higgins-from-referee-another-uk-basketball-game?recruiter=31958651&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg



    • runningunnin.454
      12:57 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      I would never threaten him, nor crash his FB; not my style, but I did sign the petition.
      They asked for a comment so I said “He looked like he had money on the game”. I realize that is a harsh criticism; but, that was my initial thought while watching the game.
      I realize refs miss calls, especially bang-bang plays in today’s game; but, to say he had a “bad game” is a whitewash. I have watched and loved basketball for over 50 years; and until last Sunday, it had never occurred to me that an official might have an ulterior motive. And I would have felt that way if I had been watching Podunk College play Backwoods U.
      It would beneficial for all if he never calls another UK game.



    • dballrb
      7:26 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Unc did cover….Makes ya wonder??💰💰💰



  28. RealCatsFan
    12:22 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    I think the easy solution to the officiating issue is to give each team one challenge per half that they can use to get a bad call reviewed and possibly reversed. It seems to work pretty well in football – why not basketball? Why not use the technology that is out there to make the game better? I know they review certain calls now, but it is limited. This should extend to other calls that can be a judgement call, especially when human error can affect the outcome of a game.



    • TBW3011
      12:47 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      We needed 15 challenges in that first half.



  29. JTGinter
    12:31 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Leave the man alone, Im not saying he is a great referee but UK lost that game on its own…



    • TBW3011
      12:48 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Agreed. 4 starters sitting the 1st half certainly had no impact. 👀



    • runningunnin.454
      1:00 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      And it set a precedent in the UK players minds that they would not get a fair call, and that affected their defensive tenacity the rest of the game.



    • WeareBBN
      2:45 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      sitting 4 players is Cals decision. Not all coaches sit players after 2 fouls in the first half.



    • WeareBBN
      2:46 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      And the 2 fouls on Monk were fouls. The 2 on Bam were fouls. The first on Fox was a charge but was called by the black ref and not the one all is bashing, the 2nd on Fox was a foul. Willis who cares, he is always out of position D and that draws fouls.



    • catsarerunnin
      5:10 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yes Cal should have played players with 2 fouls so they could foul out before halftime. Brilliant deduction Sherlock.



  30. RealCatsFan
    12:40 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    In that picture, Higgins sure looks like he, ahem, bats left-handed. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! 🙂



    • runningunnin.454
      1:01 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe he’s a switch hitter…ha ha.



    • RealCatsFan
      1:29 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      He looks like he has his mouth open to accept a……. banana or hot dog or something…



  31. Cousins Fake Tooth
    1:08 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Boo hoo. So I guess the NCAA has no choice but to not allow him to do more UK games right?



  32. CatFanDu
    1:23 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    First off- Death Threats really are insanely stupid. On that, hopefully we All Agree.

    BUT,

    Integrity can not be selective, and actions speak louder than words. Personally, I have no use for referees, roofers, or fans, who lack integrity. In the real world, facts are facts and they are Not optional.
    Fact is, Higgins compromised his own integrity, so however it affects him is a result of his choice.



  33. Adam
    1:43 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Sorry, I’m not taking his word for it. IF, someone made death threats then threats on them and they should be dealt with. But this guy turning his discriminatory actions into be a victim. Sorry, not sorry.



  34. oruacat2
    1:52 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    The guy uses his status as NCAA referee to promote his private business, then everybody is surprised when his actions as NCAA referee negatively impact his private business?



    • Kfckernel
      2:03 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

      True, personal threats are over the line, but promoting himself as a rooferee goest both ways



  35. JaxWildcat
    2:35 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    The idiotic fringe of people doing this, the posts on his company’s FB and especially the supposed threats, give all of us fans a bad name. There’s no place for it. The guy made some bad calls and has a history of them but we had a chance to win and didn’t. The world is still spinning and the sun has come up for now three days after the game. It’s OK. Believe it or not there are more important things than UK basketball, and even if it was most important making threats to a referee is wrong.



  36. dballrb
    3:12 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Nice job.ESPN reports NATIONWIDE that Kentucky fans made death threats to ref.Really makes us look like Sh*t.No wonder Kentucky is probably the most hated Team in Collage basketball outside of the state. I’m as passionate about the Cats as anyone,but damn.If I were a recruit and Cal wanted me,I’d have to think really hard if I wanted to be criticized by fans for,”dropping my fork”.Not to mention the negative impact these death threats will have in future games and in unexpected ways.We WILL be shat on again just because of the reaction of ones who made death threats and have stained our program, good going..Take a page from Cal,..At the post game presser,he made mention of the refs,but pulled back fast because he knows their is a target on his back,and everyone who hates us in college ball are working overtime just trying to find any reason to “bust” the program on some “bs” actions.I couldn’t sleep for 2 days after the game,but people, we need to stop giving others more reasons to hate us.



  37. ky yaya
    3:33 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    He made it up. No self respecting fan would do that



  38. RealCatsFan
    3:46 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    So has anyone checked to see if Higgins was also calling the UNC / Arkansas game? You know, the one where the UNC player should have been called for a charge, or at least a walk, but the ref swallowed his whistle and allowed UNC to score on the play. Sounds kind of familiar, doesn’t it?



  39. FakeNews
    4:21 pm March 29, 2017 Permalink

    Let’s look at it…the guy screwed the pooch. No doubt in my mind. Was it intentional? Again…no doubt in my mind. Does any of this change the fact that the game is over, and will never be played again? There will be no asterisk next to the eventual champions name in the record book. It’s over! However, the man did use his gig as a Referee to promote his business. Only fair that when he fails this bad as a ref, it gets used as a method to mock him. He does However, have the right to live his life without fear of physical harm and especially death. The hope is that maybe the attention will result in better review policies both during games and of the officials involved. Who knows, maybe the NCAA should consider providing 5 names to each coach for each game, and allowing each coach to scratch one. Point is, there are solutions. It appears the NCAA wants profit rather than fairness. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s a business. Any time money is involved, there is a chance for corruption. But the NCAA is absolutely concerned with Vegas. Otherwise, points shaving and etc. wouldn’t be criminal acts. Whether Higgy screwed this up on his own, or was financially motivated, doesn’t matter. A more transparent system would alleviate most of these issues in the future. Now let’s grow up, quit making threats, and we can all admit that the second half is where the game was won and lost. We had a chance we blew it. We aren’t seeing any evidence in the second half of poor calls. The game was altered, but we still had a reasonable shot.