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John Calipari responds to Yahoo Sports’ report

John Calipari has responded to Yahoo Sports’ report that three of his former and current players are part of the FBI’s investigation into college basketball. Nerlens Noel, Bam Adebayo, and Kevin Knox are all listed on financial documents from ASM Sports, a sports agency headed by Andy Miller, but Cal denies that he or his staff had any involvement with Miller or ASM.

“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates,” Cal said. “Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.”

As mentioned earlier, UK President Eli Capilouto also released a statement.

“As I said to our Board of Trustees this morning, we learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations. We began immediately to conduct our due diligence, and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth. I will keep you informed of any developments should they arise in this matter.”

“We are aware of the report today by Yahoo! Sports,” Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart added. “We have not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA, but since learning of the report, we have reached out to both the NCAA and our league office. We will be conducting an internal review. At this time, we have no further comment.”

For more on what the allegations facing Nerlens, Bam, and Knox mean, read our breakdown below.

Breaking down Yahoo’s FBI story involving Nerlens, Bam, and Knox


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34 Comments for John Calipari responds to Yahoo Sports’ report

  1. wildcat2012
    11:24 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone else think it’s funny that the guys without the tattoos were the ones who got paid? How do the guys covered in tats get money?

    • catsarerunnin
      11:27 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Omg you think so!! So explain to me how so many teenagers I see in my have tats?

    • catsarerunnin
      11:27 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

      My town

    • hbond23
      11:27 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

      That’s an interesting way of putting it. I’ve always wondered the same thing. These kids will come in without a drop of ink on them and come out covered

    • acotky
      11:52 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

      College athletes get stipends that are supposed to cover the difference between their scholarship and cost of living (rent, food, etc.) yet some college athletes choose to spend that on tattoos or other things.

    • Mc12
      12:00 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Birthday money?

    • catdaddyd
      12:40 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      I’m okay with them vacating the 2013 season. Tell Robert Morris to take down any signs banners or pictures of us losing to them in the NIT.

  2. CombatMedic_98
    11:28 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

    And it begins.

  3. KYJelly
    11:29 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

    I believe Cal here, he doesn’t have a relationship with Andy Miller and he wouldn’t have let his players accept benefits from him.

    However, the issue if if they received benefits from him before Calipari was invoked. It wouldn’t have anything to do with Cal or Kentucky but could still affect us.

    • KYJelly
      11:29 am February 23, 2018 Permalink


    • Han
      11:58 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, the Noel stuff seems to be after he was a pro, the Knox thing is at worst a repaid dinner and like a one game suspension. The Bam stuff is what’s worrisome. If he took money or the NCAA decides there’s reason enough to think he did, they could vacate our season. Shouldn’t be any further penalty since it seems he was given money by an agent in return for signing with them (as compared to being steered to UK). But if that ends up happening, we’re far from the only school that would take a hit.

      Also, this is all just from one agent. Imagine if anyone actually poked around Kansas or Capel at Duke instead of giving them a free pass as always.

  4. unbridled
    11:32 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

    We need a timeline and many more details. This is just a piece of paper. We need context. Not to mention the fact that we have no idea how the NCAA will respond. I guess we shall wait and see.

  5. nicky
    11:32 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Tyler, do you know where we can see/listen to Cal’s press conference at 2:30 EST? TIA

  6. Alleykat16
    11:35 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

    This is all a bunch of crap most of these kids coming to any college are generational dirt poor and these agents go to them like wolves on an unguarded flock of sheep offering the families all this money to sign their child up with their sporting agency on some of these families the amount of money they receive changes their lives for a few months some are so small that it dont make sense to even take it. But they do because the need out weighs the punishment that they will receive. The school is who is punished not the player or the agent

  7. Han
    11:54 am February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Why is Noel even mentioned if his loan took place after he was a professional?

    • J-Dub421
      12:00 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Because it’s Forde and Thamel and they can’t help themselves. Anything to try to smear Cal and UK.

    • PjRenny
      12:26 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Because, Kentucky

  8. ukfanupnorth
    12:03 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Does anybody find it odd that yahoo sports is coming out with all this information but the FBI that was involved in the case has not released anything on it? Wouldn’t you think they would have a press conference and release this information instead of having it leaked out to yahoo sports?

    • check
      2:59 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you! That’s what I was wondering!

  9. dhard
    12:05 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Meanwhile, the FBI ignored/refused/didn’t care, you take your pick, a kid in Fl that shot up a school and killed 17. The point, why are they involved? Is their criminal activity that we don’t know about? How is taking a loan on future earnings something the FBI or frankly, the NCAA concerned with?

    • dhard
      12:06 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink


    • BTownUKFan
      12:09 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      The FBI is investigating tax evasion, bibery and other potential FEDERAL crimes by these agents and their cohorts. The information on the players is incidental to what they are interested in.

    • AmazzzingLarry
      12:22 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll bet you weren’t humming this tune when the news about Louisville first broke. Don’t recall anyone saying the FBI had better things to do back then.

    • abobicesaevior
      3:15 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      It has been mentioned numerous times why the FBI is involved in the stuff at all.

    • Duff86
      12:54 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      I’m no attorney but I think the FBI is involved because, in large part, these institutions are awarding scholarships to “amateurs.” If you accept the scholarship as an amateur, when in fact you know you are not, that’s fraud. It falls to the FBI because these transactions are occurring across state lines and that makes it a federal case.

  10. BTownUKFan
    12:10 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    If the adults want to put an immediate stop to this practice they will pass laws that make the sports agencies financially responsible if a school is put on probation because of their actions.

  11. ukfanupnorth
    12:12 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    Ok that makes sense. I still think it’s kind of odd that yahoo sports got the information first and not the NCAA.

  12. AmazzzingLarry
    12:24 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    I hope it’s just players and not coaches. Vacating wins is one thing. Monetary penalties and probation are much worse.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      10:18 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      They have already found coaches involved earlier. Don’t think Cal was, just my opinion, and think alot of head coaches were not involved. Is something they try to tell the kids to stay away from but can’t protect them 24/7. Do believe and hope the programs with coaches/asst. coaches invloved should get a harsh punishment. If found it was just the player or family then the program should get a light penalty, if you can’t prove they had knowledge how can you punish them harshly.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      10:19 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      And I do hope that jerk head coach from Wichita State is involved, and his bit** of a wife.

  13. mcp157
    2:29 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

    What’s the NCAA going to do suspend Duke, UNC, KU and UK? Not likely. Next story.

    • BTownUKFan
      2:35 pm February 23, 2018 Permalink

      As soon as I saw Duke was implicated I knew there would be nothing done. The NCAA has spent too much time protecting Duke from Maggette confession and jewelery loans to let this take them down.