Of all the stupid overreactions I’ve seen in my years of both following and covering Kentucky Basketball, the blow up over Malik Monk laughing at the Florida student section singing “Happy Birthday” to him may take the cake. As John Calipari hinted he would this morning, Malik addressed the situation with reporters today at Kentucky’s pre-LSU media opportunity, apologizing if some people took his laughter the wrong way.
“It caught me off guard, them doing that,” Monk said of the Florida students serenading him. “We played bad. Winning is on my mind from the jump, so if anybody took that the wrong way, I’m sorry for that. But it was clever for them, for the fans to just do that. It was funny to me. But I shouldn’t have laughed at that moment because I knew the camera was on me.”
Monk didn’t seem too bothered by the whole drama, telling reporters he sensed it would become a story because that’s what happens when you’re a UK basketball player.
“I knew it was going to be something because we’re at Kentucky and Cal told me that before, camera’s always on us. But I knew it was going to blow up.”
Hopefully this is the last post I ever have to write about this.