Seth Greenberg is always a great guest on KSR, but today he was better than usual because it was really good to hear his perspective on two hot topics: the threats on the official who called the UK-UNC game, and the obvious bias among some of his colleagues in media.
We’ll begin with the recent death threats that have painted Big Blue Nation in a negative light, to which Greenberg said it isn’t so uncommon. Greenberg, who agreed the first half of the North Carolina game was poorly called, is obviously against the behavior of fans following that game, but he said it’s not the first time officials have been threatened. In fact, it happens all the time:
“I talked to three Final Four officials yesterday. Three. Guys that have reffed in the championship game, multiple times. They said the whole idea of calls and threats — maybe not to the extent that it’s happened with Kentucky this past week, allegedly or whatever because we don’t know the facts — but what I’ve gotten is, from all these guys — solicited separately and not even knowing I’ve talked to the other three guys — they said, ‘Coach, this happens all the time. It happens five or six times a year. Every school in the country has fans like that.’
I had one guy say they had a picture of his house. One guy got an e-mail saying I’ll be waiting for you at the airport. So this isn’t a Kentucky thing, this is societal.”
From there, Greenberg went on to share his thoughts on members of the national media who have a clear bias toward or against certain coaches. He sees it as a real problem and it is the reason why he thinks he is disliked by a lot of his peers in the business.
“I think it’s joke,” he told KSR. “They all want to have an opinion, but the prism that they look at the game through and building coaches and programs through, is so biased it is ridiculous.”
You should definitely take a moment to hear Greenberg’s interview in the beginning of our second hour below: