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John Calipari talks about his team’s behavior after the game

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I think one of the things that made yesterday suck even more was the regrettable lack of sportsmanship some UK players displayed after the game. By now, you’ve heard about Andrew’s comments about Frank Kaminsky, an unfortunate slip-up by a great kid, and you probably also heard that Willie Cauley-Stein and the Harrison Twins also skipped the handshake line after the game, retreating to the locker room in shock. All three players have gotten a lot of flack for their poor sportsmanship, and yesterday, it seemed like salt in the wound because it’s so out of character for a group of amazing kids.

John Calipari addressed the behavior yesterday in an interview with Bonnie Bernstein in which he said his players made a mistake at a difficult time. “These are great kids who do dumb things at times,” Cal said. “In that moment of trying to make an historic thing, they probably did some dumb things, but I love these guys and I know what they’re about.”

Because Kentucky is the villain, the media and the haters pounced on it. “Now, if you want to find a chink in the armor, ‘There you go, they’re bad. I knew those Kentucky kids couldn’t be, they’re’– we deal with that everyday. I deal with that personally everyday,” Cal said. “You’re wrong, you’re not always right. You make a mistake, you live up to it.”

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4 Comments for John Calipari talks about his team’s behavior after the game

  1. J-Dub421
    3:35 pm April 6, 2015 Permalink

    Look at the photo above, you can clearly see Wisconsin players taunting Willie. Compare that to last year when our players did not taunt Wisconsin after our win. Why are we the only ones being taken to task for “being classless”? I wish Andrew hadn’t said what he said, and I wish all our guys would have shaken hands, but they were clearly devastated, so I’ll cut them some slack. I’m not excusing anyone’s behavior, but I understand it. I’m just sick of always being the only team to get judged and vilified like this.

    • Kevin C
      6:20 pm April 6, 2015 Permalink

      Willie didn’t show up for most of the tourney, so it was no surprise to me when he didn’t show up in the handshake line, and even left his “brothers” behind. WCS has been an enigma for his entire 3 yrs, and Cal has had to push him really hard, just to get the (wildly inconsistent) effort and production out of him that he has. If he does indeed “take that next step”, as he said, he’s about to find out that his mood swings, attitude, questionable work ethic & flippancy toward the game of basketball quickly send him on the path to the D-League, getting cut, then likely finishing overseas. The only difference between WCS and guys like Daniel Orton and Darius Miller, is he happens to be a freak physical specimen and athlete.
      Even though Cal is somewhat right about how media “pounced” on the bad sportsmanship, because it was UK, he should have made sure all 3 players involved acknowledged and rectified the mistep both publicly, and privately. All of the “Gold Standard”, “WeAreUK”, “We ARE the needle”, etc. talk can’t conveniently go out the window, when you’re faced with embarrassment and adversity. What about all the great stories about the players being such great, charitable citizens…role models for numerous little kids in poor health? Is this really how we’d want them to remember this team…not just by the disappointing loss, but also the black eye from the poor sportsmanship? I’m far more disappointed and disgusted by this turn of events, than I will EVER be by the sad display of BB in the last few minutes of our 1 loss this season.

    • WeareBBN
      6:44 pm April 6, 2015 Permalink

      You see taunting? They are looking at their players coming in from out of the screen shot, a couple of them have already got there. I watched it live and did not see any taunting or bad behavior from the Wisc team.

  2. leslie0256
    3:52 pm April 6, 2015 Permalink

    They are great guys… They gave us a year to remember and we are thankful for it with the 38-1…. They were in shock, hurt, angry and very upset at losing with 2 games left and they were upset over some of the calls made against them…. We need to give them credit for all the good things they have done for their team, school and community… I am not trying to make excuses but we need to understand the mind of these young guys. We were all young at one time.
    Kentucky has never been given credit because according to people we are a hick town, from a hick state and we have no manners. According to many when these young men come to play at Kentucky our culture brings out the worse in them,… We have one of the winningest programs in college basketball and we are only going to get better.. Tell these young men how proud we are of them and how they have represented UK and if they have made a mistake accept their apology and move on… Proud to be part of the Kentucky program….