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Rick Pitino Denies Flipping Off UK Fans, But Even His Friends Can’t Defend Him

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Somebody take the shovel out of his hands.  He’s trying to dig himself out of a hole, but it’s only getting deeper and deeper.

At this point, most of you have seen Pitino telling UK fans “We R #1” with his middle finger while walking into the locker rooms at Rupp Arena.  The funny part is, that’s the exact cop-out he used for an excuse.

“No I didn’t flip off the fans. I was in the tunnel. People were yelling ugly crude things that I didn’t like. The 1-8 comment [Pitino’s record against Kentucky coach John Calipari] was fine. But the other comments I didn’t like.”

Asked whether he gestured in any way toward the crowd, Pitino said, “My recollection was a, ‘we r #1.‘”

The middle school excuse was shared with Dana O’Neil via text message after the game.  He could have defended himself to the media at Rupp Arena, but Rick refused to talk after the loss.  Instead, he pulled the same move he used after their first loss of the season to Michigan State — he sent out Ralph Willard.

Hiding from the media only pissed them off.  It did not discriminate either.  Pat Forde has taken plenty of heat from us for being a right-hand man of Ricks, but Forde showed no mercy for Pitino, calling his postgame behavior “graceless.”

Pitino always has been one of the world’s worst losers, which is a significant reason why he loses so rarely. It clearly eats away at his innards and tends to make him an incredibly hard guy to be around in the hours and days after a loss.

And nothing brings out the sore-loser demon in Pitino more than being defeated by Kentucky. Especially Kentucky coached by John Calipari. Regardless of the pregame grip-and-grin they annually stage, the two men detest each other.

I hate to have joy over somebody else’s misery, but I can make an exception for Rick Pitino, especially when he has no one to blame but himself.

[ESPN and Yahoo!]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for Rick Pitino Denies Flipping Off UK Fans, But Even His Friends Can’t Defend Him

  1. rainman
    6:25 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    I guess he didn’t know someone had a clip of it?
    Doesn’t really surprise me at all!

  2. Shawn Kemp
    6:28 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    You’re welcome. Posted this exact story and quote in the comments section an hour ago.

    Twitter: @dallonadams

  3. blitzedanddazed
    7:16 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino is a simple, sad little man that is a liar, and a cheater among the kindest of descriptive terms.

  4. jonthes
    7:47 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino was more discrete at UK – though we knew personal behavior that never hit the news, largely before social media – but he knows Lullville fans, most of them, don’t care. He’s going to leave a mess, Richard won’t be hired to succeed him.

    • jaws2
      8:07 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

      I pray the guy stays another 10 years. UK OWNS him and it’s killing him.

  5. 25OR624
    7:52 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    The kitchen has become Cal’s. The ex-chef could not stand the heat. Leaders inspire; face heat. Cowards run; to keep cool.

    7:55 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    People tell me im number 1 on the road all the time

  7. You know it’s bad when even Forde is piling on.

  8. leon singleton
    8:08 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    I love it makes playing Louisville fun

  9. Patrick_Wren
    8:37 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    No way Rick did it…..or cheated on his wife, or paid for Karen’s abortion, or got an assistant to marry her, or knew there where hookers in Minardi Hall, etc. After all, he has a Priest sit behind his bench…

  10. glentolo
    8:39 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    What he heard probably deserved the bird, good to know we can get so far into his head.

  11. bigbluetrue
    9:47 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    I was always against Pitino’s banner being removed from Rupp…..until today. He is a despicable human being on every level.

  12. gcat4496
    10:18 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    1-8 is a tough pill to swallow. Calipari has owned Pitino. His only win came at the Yum center with his Natl Championship team beating Caliparis NIT team by 3 points. Calipari has owned Pitino and he can’t stand it.

  13. Wildcat Sheli
    7:47 am December 27, 2015 Permalink

    Flashback: Joanne’s advice on that one game of the year & going to Rupp every other year: