John Calipari made a surprise appearance this afternoon on The Jim Rome Show. Speaking for the first time since P.J. Washington published a video of himself walking without a cast, Calipari said he still does not know Washington’s status this weekend.
“Don’t know. He didn’t practice today, but he’s out of the cast,” Calipari said. “He’s moving around, but will he play? It’s day to day. I’m hoping that he gets some time so we see where he is.”
WKYT captured this image of Washington leaving Lexington this afternoon.
FOOT WATCH 2019: PJ Washington was seen in a walking boot before Kentucky leaves for Kansas City. This comes as John Calipari just released new details on his status.
— WKYT (@WKYT) March 27, 2019
Washington’s status is of course the most pressing matter at hand. Rome also asked him about surviving in the wilderness with Mark Few and the Sweet 16 matchup with Houston, among other topics. In closing, Rome asked Calipari what it’s like to coach his son.
“Unbelievable. Everyday I see him. I give him a hug. I give him a kiss. He redshirted because he’s going to have two years to play if he chooses to. He can go to another school, a smaller school where he’ll play more. I think he’ll stay here,” Calipari said before going to his line about sleeping with that kid’s mother.
When Brad announced his intention to redshirt just before the start of the season, John Calipari explained they made the move to give his son a chance to play for two years during grad school. Many people (including my radio partner and former KSR writer, T.J. Walker) did not buy that explanation, positing the younger Calipari wanted to become a grad transfer. Today’s statement certainly seems to give that theory legs.
You can listen to Calipari address P.J. near the beginning and Brad near the end of the 12-minute interview on CBS Sports Radio.