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John Calipari stresses the significance of proper mental health during the pandemic

John Calipari was overjoyed to hear the names of three of his players called during Wednesday night’s NBA Draft. Once he experienced that emotion, he was overwhelmed by the tears that seemingly every player shared.

After expressing his concern on Twitter, he joined The Paul Finebaum Show to start a dialogue about the mental health of student athletes and how his program is trying to reach out to its players to prevent serious problems from developing.

“Here’s what I took from it and it made me be more alert from my team. Have you ever seen the emotion from players being drafted, including second round picks? I’ve never. Crying. Emotion. And I think they had to wait seven months before they were drafted.

“Can you imagine the anxiety? Can you imagine the thoughts going through a young person’s mind? Well, it brings me back to my own team. All of us better have psychologists, sports psychologists. We better not overlook what our kids are going through mentally,” Calipari said.

Kentucky’s head coach applauds all college athletes for how they’ve persevered throughout this difficult and challenging time. As hard as they’ve fought, the key is to make sure they never feel too overwhelmed.

“I’ve talked to our parents. I talked to the team yesterday. I respect every one of these college players and what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to be. No one in the history of college sports has gone through what these athletes have gone through. The pressure of playing, the anxiety of playing, they’re not mentally — they’re still young people. And then to go through this pandemic. Hats off to them and all my respect. That’s why we have to play — for them! Forget about we need this, we need — these kids need to get on that field and get on that court safely.”

In order to play safely Kentucky has bubbled up in the lodge and they are wearing chips to ensure they’re remaining six feet apart. Additionally, this year they will be limiting their exposure by traveling on the day of games. Kentucky is taking drastic steps to make sure these Wildcats can fulfill their dreams.

“Do you guys really wanna play?” he asked his team Wednesday. “They started throwing balls at me. ‘Are you crazy? Yes we want to play. We want to play tomorrow.'”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for John Calipari stresses the significance of proper mental health during the pandemic

  1. dcforuk
    9:04 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

    “No one in the history of college sports has gone through what these athletes have gone through.” — Coach Cal

    Agreed! And, it’s something that has directly impacted EVERYONE. I can’t think of anything in the last hundred years that has impacted everyone. Usually there are certain groups of people, be it the really wealthy or various others that can be sheltered from things perhaps like World War II or Vietnam etc. This is an equal opportunity offender. It sure does seem like everyone has been directly impacted in a very significant way be at from the virus itself or the responses.

    • WKY Cat
      10:40 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

      So you don’t think the elites can shelter away from this? With enough money you can remain on your island or wherever, require all staff to test daily. If the elites choose, this doesn’t impact them.

    • dcforuk
      12:23 am November 20, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe “shelter” was the wrong word. My main point was that everyone’s daily life, IMO has been impacted more so than any other time over the last 100 years. If you are sheltering on an island, your daily life has been dramatically impacted.

  2. eyebleedblue
    9:56 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Bet my last comment doesn’t get posted but if I bash trump it will. Matt Jones ‘conservative’ hires stand at zero?

  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:41 am November 20, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe Cal can tell this to the politicians that are locking down yet again.

  4. runningunnin.454
    8:52 am November 20, 2020 Permalink

    “Can you imagine the anxiety…the thoughts going through a young person’s mind”. Seriously, Cal?
    My Mom lost her beloved cousin in Italy in WWII. My Dad and four of his brothers served in WWII, from the Pacific to France. My Dad’s youngest brother served in Korea. I served in Vietnam.
    Exactly how soft have we become?

  5. 4everUKBlue
    10:00 am November 20, 2020 Permalink

    There is no covid pandemic and there never was!