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ESPN’s headlines spun stories on Calipari and Pitino dealing with hecklers


John Calipari and Rick Pitino each had to deal with hecklers as they left the court during halftime of their respective games this week.

Calipari received the “Cal-you-suck!” chants from an entire student section at Missouri, and chose to tuck his chin and walk back to the locker room to get his team ready for the second half.

Pitino, though — he went all “CASH ME OUTSIDE HOW BOW DAH!” on one fan for, reportedly, yelling “You suck!” as he walked to the halftime locker room at UNC.

But if you were to read the ESPN headlines without knowing how the two instances went down, John Calipari is painted as the bad guy and you would never know about Pitino’s old and brittle bones being held back by his entire staff.

ESPN’s Pitino headline: “UNC fan ejected after exchange with Rick Pitino”


ESPN’s Calipari headline: “Calipari walks out on halftime interview as Mizzou fans heckle him”

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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

23 Comments for ESPN’s headlines spun stories on Calipari and Pitino dealing with hecklers

  1. david8577
    10:44 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    UK against the world.

  2. Realme
    10:54 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    That’s absurd, but it’s much like when both teams barely win a game, and Duke “holds off” the other team, while Kentucky “escapes upset”.

  3. meeksfor3
    11:08 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    I think ESPN can favor teams but this makes it sound like Cal took the high road while Pitino argued with the fan. Nothing to see here in my opinion.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:30 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

      Idk, seems there’s an insinuated difference in where they place the names. “Cal walks out on halftime interview” sounds worse than “Fans insult Cal, Cal walks away from interview.” And “UNC fan ejected for exchange…” vs “Pitino exchanged words with a fan…”

    • RealCatsFan
      1:34 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

      How about “Reporter asks Cal ridiculous question while fans obnoxiously heckle him, Cal walks away.”

  4. KTR2786
    11:16 am February 23, 2017 Permalink


  5. BlueFrank
    11:28 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    Are you trying to tell me that there is bias in the news???

    No way!!!!

    I don’t believe it.

    CNN told me there isn’t any.

  6. daddy43040
    11:29 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    Being Liberal would think you’d be ok with this type of reporting.

    • Mathlete
      11:33 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

      Bias goes both ways, Obama never caught a break from Fox News and Trump can expect to never catch a break from MSNBC. These are the days of “news entertainment,” people would rather tune in to what agrees with their existing worldview than have their worldview challenged when other options exist.

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:14 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

      I find more balance and more in-depth stories from the BBC.

    • RealCatsFan
      1:36 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

      Mathlete pretty much nailed it. Not much more I can say to improve on that. When it comes to politics, what point is there in arguing? No one is going to change their mind.

  7. truebluethroughandthrough
    11:31 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    They hate us ’cause they ain’t us. That’s all you can say about that.

  8. maximumscott
    11:33 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    Espn is ACC crazy. It is a good conference Im not gonna argue that, but UVA is currently ranked 18th according to ESPN. Tell me why when they were talking about either Dukes upcoming schedule or Syracuse they mentiones a hard game with UVA, and I swear on everything they had them ranked 14. When I saw that i know that they talk some teams up more than they should. UVA has lost 8 games. 5 out of their last 6 and they have no offense whatsoever now. How can they be considered top 25?!?!? Furthermore, FSU is just as bad i mean 4 out of their last 7 games were losses to unranked opponents by double digits, yet they are still a 2 seed while being ranked 21… i dont get it. I bet if Syracuse wins on saturday they will be top 25. It doesnt matter the conference top teams will not play well some games and the lesser team will win. But ESPN seems to give a ridiculous rating to teams like that that make them seem better than they are. Duke has talent to be top 5, but anyone with a BB IQ could see their last 5 games and say they arent playing that well but still winning close games to bottom feeding ACc teams. They were winning bc they were shooting 50% from 3 point land amd hitting 10+ a game. Most teams will win those games. Finally it caught up to them. They dominates Syracuse in neary every statistic but shot 10-33 from 3s and what happens? They lose. Samething will happen to them in the tourny. They can only win when they shoot well. If they arent shooting well they cant win and they proved it last night. Is that really a top 10 team? UK even though thw games have been closer they are winning wthout playing near their capabilities. Both UGa and Mizzou were won essentially without Monk and Fox. Our fans should be happy bc they are learning to win when things arent going their way. Duke amd UL cant do that.

  9. Gettlefingers
    12:15 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

    So glad KSR pointed this out. Right after the Cal’s halftime interview I got an ESPN news alert that Cal cut his interview short, when it was OBVIOUS he took the high road. Sticky Ricky’s childish reaction aside, I couldn’t believe how ridiculously unfair that was to Cal so thank you KSR! Great reaction from Cal post-game too!

    • RealCatsFan
      1:40 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

      I think if Cal had actually heard the question, he would have answered it in the same way that he did in the post game interview: “When they stop booing me it’s time to retire.”

  10. CatManDo
    1:36 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

    “walks out on halftime interview” makes it sound he got up from an interview table and was rude to the interviewer because he didn’t want to deal with the adversity around him. When in actuality, he was ignoring the rudeness of a group of people and didn’t want to bring attention to them, so he simply didn’t answer the question.
    If the question was asked on the court after winning the game, he may have answered with a funny/sly response. But to ask at halftime when your team is in a one point game and you are concerned with the second half, what response did you expect?
    I think he did the reporter a favor by not answering. I am betting most coaches in that situation would have said something negative about either the fans or the question itself. I could easily see Coach K or someone snapping back at her with a “That is a stupid question”.

    • RealCatsFan
      1:41 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

      You mean walk out of an interview like Pitino is famous for doing after a loss?

    • CatManDo
      2:52 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly RealCatsFan

  11. UKBlue1
    3:31 pm February 23, 2017 Permalink

    This is easy: ESPN can make ad money off Cal & UK, UL & Rick not so much. Cal & UK drive clicks, people outside KY people don’t care about UL or Rick well unless it comes to making fun of UL scandals.