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The Calipari family was NOT HAPPY about Brad’s chest tattoo


John Calipari was on “The Dan Patrick Show” this morning to promote his new book, and of course, the conversation turned what it’s like to coach his son. Cal said that while he loves being able to coach Brad, he and his wife were NOT happy with their son for getting a giant tattoo across his chest.

“The only problem is he got a tattoo, a tattoo across his chest. I mean, didn’t ask us. Who did I hear from right away? His mom. ‘Why did you let him do it,’ like I let him do that. ‘Tell him to take that off.’ I don’t think you can take it off. Honey, I don’t think tattoos come off. ‘You mean he’s gotta keep it?’ So now, he has to wear a shirt over it.”

Not only does Brad have to wear a t-shirt under his jersey to hide the tattoo, his dad said if he gets another one, he’s off the team.

“I called him in and said, whoa whoa, another tattoo and you’re not on this team. Are we speaking the same language now?”

Patrick did his best to goad Calipari into a little Pitino banter, asking him if he would get a tattoo like Rick did after Louisville won the national championship, but Cal didn’t take the bait.

“I don’t like needles, so I can’t. I would probably faint, and then I wouldn’t know what they put on my body because I would be asleep,” Cal said. “If they show me a needle, I’m out. All of a sudden, I wake up, I’ve got teardrops, I’ve got sideburns.”

No needles around Cal, guys. We want to keep him around for a while.


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22 Comments for The Calipari family was NOT HAPPY about Brad’s chest tattoo

  1. cats42301
    12:32 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    I kind of wish he had that rule for every player but then we wouldn’t be able to field a team from lack of players. I’m not talking about anyone specific but when you have some college athletes complaining that they have gone to bed hungry at times (I’m referring to the UConn player from the NC game in ’14) where do they get the money for multiple tats that some have covering most of their upper torso. Just a question not calling anyone out.

    • kvltclassic
      12:55 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      Someone has a lawn that they would like people to get off of.

    • Mathlete
      1:05 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      Probably the same place the guys at Ohio State got their tattoos a few years ago… and paid in the same way

    • garypatterson7o
      10:11 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      I’m a millennial and tattoos have jumped the shark.

  2. runningunnin.454
    1:01 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    “Tell him to take that off”.
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  3. Mathlete
    1:08 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    I can’t speak from a parent’s perspective, but as a member of society in general I don’t get the beef people have with tattoos. They used to have a negative connotation and indicate you were part of a rough crowd, but now they’re really common and people who have them generally aren’t bad.

    That said, Brad’s is kinda ugly. He could’ve chosen a better font than that… But whatever, to each their own.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:18 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve never seen a tattoo that isn’t ugly. Like bumper stickers, they just make what they are placed on look junky. But I wouldn’t judge a person’s heart or personality by their tattoos, I would just think they chose to junk up their body with ink.

    • Mathlete
      1:54 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve seen a lot of cool tattoos (and roughly as many truly awful ones), but it’s definitely a personal preference thing. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all of those other cliches.

  4. runtsfan
    1:59 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    I can’t read it. What does it say?

  5. runtsfan
    2:06 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    Earned, not given? Is that right?

  6. CarltonBanks
    2:23 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    I know that it’s his own son and as a father of two boys I can relate, but I remember him saying he didn’t notice a tattoo that a player got (and I think this was about WCS) and then said “what am I, the tattoo police?”.

    • kvltclassic
      2:26 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      I forgot about that. Cal has to use the teeth that he has against Brad the player to keep Brad the son in line.

    • ukcamel
      3:07 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      Cal put his son on the team as a father who had a chance to help his son. Cal put WCS on the team because he was a talented player that wanted to play for Kentucky. Apples and oranges.

  7. fauxbobknight
    3:16 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    Can anyone confirm if the “Earned not Given” tattoo was in fact earned (paid for), or given (freebie)?

    • UK Big Board Update
      3:26 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      Can you confirm Lance Thomas’ jewelry was paid for by he or someone he knew?

    • Dubowski
      4:25 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

      Unless little Bradley saved up money working some summer job, the tattoo itself was not earned, but given.

  8. Luether
    7:37 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink

    Just a punk move by Cal Jr…

  9. FatSparxxx
    8:16 pm December 12, 2016 Permalink