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John Calipari: “Wear a mask!”

I want sports in the fall. You want sports in the fall. We all want sports in the fall. Know how we can help make that happen? Wear a freaking mask. Kentucky Basketball coach John Calipari took to Twitter to share that message with his 1.6 million followers, covering up his magnificent quarantine beard with a UK mask in a minute-long video.

“It’s Coach Cal and yes, I am ready for basketball. I’m ready to get our students back on campus but we have to protect each other. We’ve got to wear our masks. If you go in a building, if you’re going to be in social distancing range, inside of six feet, have a mask. It protects everybody but we’re hearing now it will protect you.

“We, in our state, have done an unbelievable job. Let’s take it up a notch. This is kind of like when I’m coaching, we’re winning, and I’m being even harder. We are winning. Let’s be stronger.

“Understand, this isn’t a statement. The only statement we make when we put a mask on is, we care about you, and to be honest, now, you’re caring about yourself.

“Wear that mask, folks. Thanks.”


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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72 Comments for John Calipari: “Wear a mask!”

  1. Mc12
    3:48 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    I wear a mask when I go in the grocery but I’m not sure this is passed in a “drive-by” setting. If I was more concerned or afraid I’d do pick-up services only. However, I wish I heard a lot more concern from the experts and these celebrities during the protests, and rioting for consistency purposes as opposed to the go-back-to-work/open the economy protests in Michigan. I think some of that morphed it into a political issue due to the perceived hypocrisy.

    • UKgrad80
      7:42 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      I watched the protests the vast majority were wearing masks at least more than average you see in the general public.

    • Mc12
      8:28 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      You saw what was shown. I can guarantee you there were periods where many went without them. Not that it matters. It should have still been discussed with more concern

  2. VilleCat11
    4:06 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    I guess since he said it, I am supposed to do it… haha…

  3. KaliforniaKat
    4:16 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Why is it so hard to wear a mask?! Without getting super political and going off on our ridiculous POTUS… I’ll just say this… Freakin’ people man… smh

    • DelrayCat
      4:35 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Years from now…historians will muse about the tens of thousands of Americans that needlessly died because this president didn’t want a mask that would mess up his orange makeup.

    • DelrayCat
      5:11 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      I’m actually surprised the the Trump Crime Family hasn’t capitalized on this yet and sold his makeup remover towelettes to MAGA & Q-Anon idiots to worship like the Shroud of Turin. Also, I am quite amazed Trumpanzees don’t paint their faces orange to show loyalty to their Dear Leader. If Ivanka and Jared marketed that goo, many of you would probably wear it.

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:42 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Delray you’re one funny MF. Do you ever turn the tv off or does it run 24/7 at your house?

  4. BlueBanker18
    4:22 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    I wear one where it’s required. The reason there’s so much push back? Spineless mayors and governors who shut down businesses in the name of safety yet say nothing when thousands gather in the streets throwing bottles of bodily fluids at police officers while ignoring the laws the rest of us are strong armed into following.

    • BlueSteel
      4:30 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      BB18 – I call BS… there was pushback long before the protests started…

    • Mc12
      4:51 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Yet many of the experts went quiet during the riots and protests when the probability of spread during that was extremely high. In fact some said protesting racism needs to be done since that is more dangerous than the virus…..

      They should have shown more concern…

    • BlueSteel
      10:26 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Always but this but that… oh I’m sorry, yet… Give it a rest

    • YourBoyBlue
      12:40 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not wearing ask mask just because Cal and some of you sheep said so. Kiss my freedom loving ass.

  5. bigblue98
    4:26 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    The same people who don’t wear a mask will be the ones complaining about no sports. At this point I’m just about like Ronnie Lott once did – I’d give a finger to get sports back. For the love of sports, wear a damn mask.

  6. A_Blue_Wildcat
    4:45 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Weird how no one was yelling at protesters and rioters to put on masks while they marched in thousands shoulder to shoulder with one another.

    • DelrayCat
      4:56 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      What difference does that make? The science is clear…masks work to slow the spread of this virus. Around the globe countries that adhere to strict mask wearing as a society have effectively handled the crisis and minimized the death and economic problems. But not here. Ask yourself why that is? Clearly it is because the GOP/Fox science-deniers have made it into yet another culture war. Just this once, can you all you MAGA chuds just get with the program and actually give a crap about your fellow man?

    • timbo
      9:13 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t think science means what you think it does… but would love to hear why you used the word, nonetheless.

    • Mc12
      11:24 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      What difference does that make? We have hundreds of thousands of protesters on the streets and at times indoors such as when hundreds and hundreds took over the city hall in Seattle, wearing masks sometimes, not wearing masks at times, screaming at the top of their lungs yet crickets. If they say there is no impact on the virus spreading would you agree outdoor sports and concerts as well as spending time at the beach is fine? I think these protests are more likely to result in the spread or the virus versus social distancing without a mask within a grocery store or at a restaurant….not saying I don’t always wear a mask, but I have seen people of all colors out and about without them…in and outdoors. I guess all of these people, including the protesters are Trump supporters though in your view.

  7. Bluehender
    5:15 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sure Coach Cal will now be labeled a “snowflake liberal” by the Trumpers now..

    • mcp157
      7:20 pm July 3, 2020 Permalink

      Cal is a liberal Democrat!

  8. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:55 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Mind your own business and learn how to inbound the ball and to guard against it. You’re a coach, or at least you pretend to be. We have enough masterminds in his world.

  9. madarchitect
    6:04 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    CahillsCrossingNT – Are you really so triggered that you must insult John Calapari on his coaching abilities? Is that all you got?

  10. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    6:05 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Yet, he won’t wear a bra to cover up and support his torpedos.

  11. bigbluerexfan
    7:14 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    It really shouldn’t be that hard for everyone. I wear a mask at work for 10 hours a day. Just wear the damn mask. I want sports, I want less people to die, and selfish people can’t wear a mask or refuse. Our country has become a joke.

    • Ned T.
      9:37 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

      I have a better idea. You and all of your family wear MAGA masks. That will balance out the political tyranny that masks represent.

      There is NO eveidence that masks reduce the spread of CV.

  12. bigbluerexfan
    7:15 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Also I don’t see any way sports happens this year with the way it is spreading again. Or is that fake news too? It shouldn’t be political to help your fellow man.

  13. mcp157
    7:21 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    John knows basketball, but not virology. He is being duped by the media which is controlled by the corporations. The CDC’s recent statistics show the death death is 0.03 and deaths in all age groups, the elderly the high majority is all flatlined. A few months ago the main statistic dictating policy was deaths but now that has proven to be nominal, the new yardstick is positive tests, which most are asymptomatic or very treatable like a common cold. This virus is statistically dead but the authoritarians who are in government and those who pull their strings do not want things to get back to normal. The so called news that the Texas, particularly Houston, hospitals are being over run are just lies. Three Houston hospital CEOs came out a week ago and refuted what was being said by the major networks (brain washing corporations). All this, and the BLM, is really about creating chaos and unrest to help unseat an outsider to the deep state, Trump. He is not perfect by a long shot and there are many things he could do to be a true conservative, but he’s hands down better then bumbling Biden!

    • Bluehender
      7:43 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Ask the Lincoln Project if he’s better than Biden. They’re conservatives who would choose Biden over Trump. For the good of the country..

    • mcp157
      8:15 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      As I said the earlier, he’s an outsider, and so called neoconservatives and war hawks like Bolton are out to get him. Just because the Lincoln Project disses him, they are controlled by the military industrial complex who folks like Hillary and many others bow to, does not mean Biden is better. Biden has no mind of his own and is an easy puppet for the MIC who is in large part responsible for us being so deep in debt. True conservatives spend less, stop wars and prop up the Constitution. We have not had a true conservative in the White House for many, many years.

    • Bluehender
      8:35 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Just because a guy is an outsider doesn’t mean he would make a good president. I think that’s been proved. But all the people who were duped by Trump would never admit it. I never said Biden was better. But the Lincoln Project say they would rather have Biden than Trump. Goes to show you what they think about Trump.

    • mcp157
      8:52 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Again Bluehender the Lincoln Project sucks and is not really conservative. They are a militaristic leaning group and Biden, again, is easier to mold. Trump, for all his warts and there are many, is not easily moldable. Biden can barely put 3 sentences together. I will hold both nostrils and vote for Trump, who despite his deficits, is better than bumbling Biden.

    • Bluehender
      9:44 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      That’s your opinion. Mine is, almost anyone would be better than we’ll agree to disagree. Like everyone else.

    • KaliforniaKat
      11:06 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      MCP… spoken like a true hateful Trumper… enjoy being a Richard!

  14. bigbluerexfan
    7:24 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Ok here we go. Mcp157 has all the answers. Yes this is all about Trump. Not perfect! How about if he had taken this more seriously we wouldn’t be in this boat. This is the kind of stupid you can’t fix

    • mcp157
      7:36 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Trump is not responsible for controlling/creating the virus. The government overstepped its boundaries, as usual, and we increased our deficit by trillions by shutting things down when we could have told the old and/or sick to stay isolated not the masses, which needed to contract the virus to develop herd immunity. This has nothing to do with Trump, other than he listens to Big Pharma Fauci, who has patents on vaccines to profit monetarily, and who once, back in the late 80s predicted that AIDS would kill thousands of the heterosexual population. You bigbluerexfan are a lemming and are led by the will of corporations!

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:57 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t you find it strange that in 2010 the Rockefeller Foundation released a plan
      using the term “Lock Step” that outlined the release of a virus in 2020 to take away
      the rights of the world, crush the middle class and gain total control over
      everyone’s movement?
      Do you find it strange that that Bill Gates ran Event 201 in NYC in October 2019,
      just before the Covid outbreak, which simulated the exact outbreak and response
      that is happening now?
      Do you find it strange that Bill gates produced a Netflix movie, that aired right
      before this pandemic, called “Pandemic” – about a Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan
      China that started in a wet market?
      Do you find it strange that in video interviews 5 years apart Bill Gates has a
      common book on his desk titled “How To Lie With Statistics”?
      Do you find it strange that Dr Fauci wrote in a medical journal that the Corona
      virus would be no worse than the yearly influenza but a week later in a television
      interview he said it would be a pandemic?

  15. UKgrad80
    7:44 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    No not because he said it because that’s what common sense tells you to do. The other countries have done it and now have levels way below ours. But if you don’t want sports or jobs don’t wear them. It’s up to you if you want yo be a responsible person.

    • mcp157
      7:57 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Here’s common sense. Prior to this year the earth was overpopulated and we thought that we could not feed everyone appropriately. Obviously without a lot of manipulation by the government we got to that point. In fact, a good argument could be made that despite government evils world wide we got to that point. Bill Gates and Fauci both predicted that a big time virus was lurking around the corner for years, and they are both making money off of vaccines. Common sense tells us that when we breath without a mask we maximize oxygen when inhaling and get rid of more carbon dioxide when exhaling. So we will be healthier without a mask. Let those at risk take the precautions and those not at risk of dying do the common sense thing and breath without a mask. So then we will contract the virus, develop anti-bodies and defeat the virus. This takes us back to the point where the earth is overpopulated and at risk for starving. We are basically, very tough to get rid of, without the manipulation from government and corporations.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:01 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Do yourselves a favor and watch the 4 part documentary on who Bill Gates is at
      And btw, Corbett includes links to all his sources for all you who only believe what’s on MSM.

  16. Ned T.
    8:04 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Masks do nothing to stop the spread…science is being ignored by the mask zombies. Also, countries that had no lockdowns or masks did much better and have developed herd immunity quickly. Instead, the US believes this leftist CV response and eats itself alive.

    So, Cal, STFU and do not tell me to wear political face coverings.

    • mcp157
      8:16 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink


  17. 4everUKBlue
    8:06 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Do you find it strange that hospitals get paid $13,000 for diagnosing someone with
    Covid19 and $39,000 for putting them on a ventilator?
    Do you find it strange that the CDC says that if you get coronavirus and fully
    recover you may NOT have the immunity needed to protect yourself but if you
    allow them to inject you with a vaccine that has the same virus, you will have
    immunity from the virus they admit they don’t understand?
    Do you find it strange that Beijing and Sweden had no lock downs but had less total
    deaths than last year’s flu season?
    Do you find it strange that some states are counting the number of positive tests (1
    person may be tested multiple times) and not the number of people that test
    Do you find it strange that when official test kits were used on samples of goat,
    pawpaw fruit, Kware bird and jackfruit they all came back from the laboratory as
    Covid19 positive?
    Do you find it strange that not a single airport in any country closed during this
    entire pandemic?

  18. Buttered Popcorn
    8:14 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Reading some of this makes me want to stay quarantined forever for fear of running into some of you. Please just wear a mask. It won’t hurt you and it might keep someone else from getting sick.

    • mcp157
      8:18 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      It does hurt us. You are following the narrative and being a lemming.

    • Buttered Popcorn
      8:47 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Dude, I don’t know where to start, but here. Surgeons wear masks even more comprehensive than the ones we should be wearing to operate. Have never heard of them being negatively effected by those masks. How’s a little cloth one going to hurt us? I assume you have an explanation involving the deep state, Bill Gates, and flat Earth.

    • CatsfaninFL
      8:54 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      BP.. right?! It’s like these maroons think doctor and nurses have worn masks for the better part of the last century because it’s a fashion statement. But mahhh freeeeddduummbb.

    • Buttered Popcorn
      9:16 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      I wasn’t comparing the two, simply showing that wearing a small mask isn’t going to do you any harm. By the way, Gates loses money by buying vaccines for people. And if he owned some vaccine making company he’d be getting zero profit by buying the vaccine because the money would make a big circle. I have heard the vaccines have little aliens in them that look like Rick Pitino

    • bigblue98
      9:27 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      BP – can’t argue with stupid so might as well stop. They don’t listen to anything. Think about this and you’ll cry – your vote Tuesday got counter balanced with these people.

  19. bigbluerexfan
    8:26 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Ok I’m sorry you guys are right we should definitely not wear masks. My fault. Like I said before you can’t fix stupid. I was hoping for sports but there is no way with idiocracy that lives in this country that this will happen this year. Just keep doing you.

  20. mcp157
    8:55 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Dude, you are comparing surgery to a bad case of the flu? Do not need an explanation about Gates, he is vested in vaccines, the WHO and the CDC. Nuff said.

    • CatsfaninFL
      7:05 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

      Actually, yes. Are you this dense? You do realize they wear masks in surgery because there are open wounds in play and there are infections that can spread quite easily when a wound is open. So yes, I am comparing the 2 because the mask works the exact same! Your blabbering pie hole and honker produce a lot of bad things and the mask keeps those from projecting outward. It really is simple. But then again, it doesnt fit your political agenda because you have made medical science somehow political like everything else. Thanks.

  21. mcp157
    9:09 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    CatsfaninFL, bigbluerexfan and Buttered Popcorn, when in recent history have we worn a mask for the flu? Doctors and nurses work in hospitals, the origin of nosocomial disease spreading. Hospitals and the real world are comparing apples and oranges. Bigbluerexfan you are correct, you can’t fix stupid. But due to the nature of stupid it gets in line, following the crowd and like lemmings, following a narrative without critical thinking, march off of the cliff.

    • CatsfaninFL
      7:02 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

      When in modern history has the flu killed 120k people in 4 months? Oh right, the numbers are doctored according to you. Any other goal post we should keep moving while we do the exact opposite of the countries that are seeing a decline (with higher population densities)? Don’t bother answering. You will ignore all logic and science anyway.

  22. bigblue98
    9:31 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    All – don’t wear a mask. But don’t bitch when there are no sports. The people deciding, not you all, will cancel if the spread doesn’t stop.

    • mcp157
      9:42 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      The spread is normal. It’s called herd immunity. Death rate, 0.03%. What is perplexing everyone is the way this is being followed so closely, unlike the usual flu type season. If we followed all viruses like we have this one we would never come out. The average person never thinks of these things unless social media and the media put it to the forefront. Viruses happen all the time and we don’t freak out like this, waste government funds, take away personal freedom and prop up authoritarianism. This is not the American way, it is the way of China, Europe and the USSR where socialism runs rampant.

    • bigblue98
      9:47 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Not trying to argue, just stating that if masks aren’t worn football won’t be played. That’s factual statement as with the numbers now the key decision makers are concerned, and it’s their decision to make, not any of ours.

  23. bigbluerexfan
    9:36 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Exactly bigblue98. It is so hard just to do the right thing. Why not try at least?? Why is that so hard????

  24. KaliforniaKat
    11:12 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    USA is 4% of the world’s population, but hold 26% of the cases… just wear the mask! It’s so simple…

    • Mc12
      11:27 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      How are we in testing? Just curious

    • Bluehender
      11:40 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Trump says we’re doing way too many tests. That’s how we drive those numbers down!! Screw the masks. Just stop the testing. And that’s our leader folks. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad..

  25. 4everUKBlue
    11:40 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    This is from OSHA….a government agency.

  26. bigbluerexfan
    12:09 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

    What gives me some hope is that there are some on here with common sense. Thank you for that.

    • bigblue98
      5:29 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed partner – it comes down to me as love for my parents. Both are in their 70’s and need help. Can’t isolate from them as they need help. Anything I can do to prevent spread to them I would do as I remember and appreciate everything they did for me growing up. If I had to wear a full bodysuit in 100 degree weather to save my mom I would do it. Regardless of what side people are on everyone loves their mom. I pray a prayer of sympathy for those who have lost their mother – for those who haven’t let’s rally around and support them. They need our help and love now more than ever.

  27. bigbluerexfan
    12:15 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

    Your president thinks it is a joke and no masks are required. Cal says wear a mask. In Cal I trust!

  28. millertim
    7:51 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

    The mask is a PLACEBO!! With that stated, if it means a return to sports and a sense of normalcy before the vaccine is created, then I’ll take the placebo…

  29. Ned T.
    9:41 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

    There are more confirmed cases because we are testing FAR more than before. The percentage of positives is dropping as well as the number of deaths—just like in any flu season.

    I cannot believe Americans are so stupid that they do not see this CV hoax is a dangerous political coup by George Soros and other leftists. And, Cal jumps on board so he looks like a good guy.


    • mcp157
      5:45 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink


  30. mcp157
    12:45 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink

    KaliforniaKat you have a vulgar mind. Easy to be brave and call people vulgarities when you are not live and in person! I do not consider myself a Trumper. He’s a better choice than bumbling Biden or any Democrat.

  31. ballplayerstu
    12:12 pm July 4, 2020 Permalink

    Why would i wear a mask? I do not watch any mainstream media and I’ve traveled frequent 2020. Ive not seen anything that tells me to wear a mask for any reason. Im not a doctor or nor do i work in any medical field. It makes zero sense to me why people are choosing to wear mask when there is no reason whatsoever. That’s my 2 cents and i do respect people’s reasoning if one wears a mask. Go Cats!!!