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We Screwed Up

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This isn’t what I want to be writing late on a Tuesday night, but facts are facts. We at KSR screwed up earlier today by posting a post that attributed a quote to Lavar Ball about Kentucky being a “tune-up” game for UCLA in prep for the Final Four. As a journalist for the website “For The Win” discovered today, that quote doesn’t seem to have come from Lavar Ball at all, but rather is attributable to an anonymous Twitter egg that posted it earlier today. Normally we attempt to verify everything story or quote that we cite, but it is clear that process failed in this instance, causing us to make a mistake. Looking at the author’s story (which seems to be mostly correct, with one small error), it is clear that when our writers were researching the post, we didn’t do the due diligence necessary and for that, we apologize.

Looking into this tonight, it is fairly clear how it happened. Our writers saw a post on another UK blog that attributed the quote to Ball and said it came from a “LA Radio Show.” When they saw this citation, we went with the story without verifying it ourselves. That was a mistake. I personally wasn’t part of the decision but when I saw the post on the site, I tweeted out the link and that tweet caused it to be go viral nationally, putting more attention to the fake quote. It was a breakdown on a number of levels for us…from the decision to use the other UK blog as a source, to not verifying the quote ourselves to my decision to tweet it out without checking with the writers first. All in all, we all messed up and we apologize.

While we often joke on the radio show about “facts being optional” on KSR, the reality is that is just a joke and we strive for 100% accuracy. Over the years, I think we have a great record of being the best source for UK information, but mistakes like this aren’t acceptable. Especially on the heels of what went down in Indianapolis this weekend, we should have been much more careful than we were in this case and we clearly were in error. We apologize to Lavar Ball for spreading words he seems to not have said and to the readers and KSR fans for not doing our due diligence. We all make mistakes but considering time, subject and circumstance, this was a big one and we sincerely regret the error.

Article written by Matt Jones

62 Comments for We Screwed Up



  1. BBN17
    10:32 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Shouldn’t have a apologized we all know that’s what he actually thinks!



    • leon singleton
      11:27 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      If a republican spoke against Lavar Ball he would be a racist. If a republican attacked Lynn Marshall they would be a bigot.



  2. 8generationsblue
    10:32 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Praise worthy post. U r probably the most honest Democrat around.



    • Luether
      2:07 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      No such thing…



    • catsarerunnin
      7:01 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      No that’s Harry Reid.



    • 4everblue
      7:10 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Like there is any such thing as an honest republican…



    • Blue_Cat75
      7:25 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      “Like there is any such thing as an honest politician…”

      Fixed it for you.



    • Jordon
      8:52 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Must everything be political…?



  3. The King
    10:34 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Can’t wait for the next ask anything Friday to get the backstory on his one.



  4. The King
    10:36 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I had expected the end of apology to take a turn similar in nature to the one Drew provided Samantha Ryan. (Still one of my favorite posts ever!)



  5. not
    10:37 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s all good, Matt. That’s more honesty than will ever come out of the White House over the next 4 years



    • TBW3011
      12:48 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      You misspelled “last 8 years.”



    • 4everblue
      7:11 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      You guys kill me. You act like there is any such thing as an honest politician. You’ll have better luck finding a unicorn.



  6. nybrasky
    10:43 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Alex Legion’s mom knew Lavar Ball didn’t say that even before he didn’t say it.



  7. True Blue Cat Fan
    10:44 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Good call on the formal apology! This type thing does not reflect well on BBN, hope it doesn’t happen again!



  8. plumloopy
    10:58 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    I agree, the apology is welcome even though the quotes attributed to Ball weren’t even that bad (being confident in his son’s team, that they would beat UK again). Not a big deal.

    Nontheless, it’s a little less impactful given your retraction is posted above a deliberately FAKE post about Ball… obviously fake to faithful KSR readers but perhaps not others.



  9. unbridled
    10:59 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Very sincere apology. I can’t wait to see how lavar ball responds! Instead of UK having bulletin board material…it seems ksr just gave ucla and the #2 draft pick (personally), quite a bit of motivation. No offense, but if you claim to be a “journalist” it’s imperative that you check sources. Bad juju



    • uk27ncaa
      12:04 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      If we really need bulletin board material to get up for this game, then we have no chance to begin with.



    • unbridled
      12:12 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I completely agree. I was just following the ksr narrative that they were putting forth.



    • unbridled
      8:02 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      …the insanely stupid narrative at that. Sorry, but it’s just silly to think “bulletin board” motivation is needed to amp up UK and Ucla basketball squads for a sweet 16 matchup.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:58 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t see any of this as bulletin board material for UCLA. Suspect that every time Ball Sr opens his yap that both the coach and players all wish he would get swallowed by an earthquake fissure. Have to believe that Lonzo gets a decent amount of sht from the other players for all the nonsense that spews forth from his dad.



  10. Kevin C
    11:06 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Meh…even if he didn’t say it, he’s said enough already to indicate that it’s likely how he feels.



  11. ArtSmass
    11:09 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    So, I guess we can deduce Mr. Ball has a pretty good legal team.



    • unbridled
      11:13 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

      Yep. That’s what I would assume.



    • WildcatCam
      12:21 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      yep lol



    • nicky
      8:11 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      -If MJ had to intervene and write this mea culpa the Ball had to have made a legal threat



  12. kyrgaines_12
    11:16 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Well then somebody might want to let Kyle Boone over at CBSSports know because they have posted him making the same comments.



  13. katmandue2you
    11:21 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Let me apologize in advance…

    Where do I read “not!” or “psych!”? This was, after all, just an addendum to the Harold Leeder post by one of Mr Leeder’s “Dukie Lawyers”…right?????
    Seems to me everyone around here is obsessing on other’s Balls! Ahh and to think, there once was a time when ballin was screwin and getting a Hummer was…well suffice to say it wasn’t buying an expensive vehicle!



  14. blueballs80
    11:56 pm March 21, 2017 Permalink

    Damn KSR pulled a Fox News lol



    • Luether
      2:08 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      No they pulled a CNN Fake news article…



    • Stevewm1963
      2:16 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      As did you, it’s CNN, MSNBC and liberal media that spreads fake news! 9th grade education not working out too well for you is it?



  15. daddy43040
    12:13 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah CNN and NBC are real straight shooters.Only call it down the middle those two



  16. [email protected]
    12:22 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    A sincere apology.. Kudos KSR!!



  17. bluetide
    12:46 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Noooo this better not cause bad mojo for us!!!



  18. Catlogic15
    12:48 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    This is unfortunate. UCLA now has their own bulletin board material.
    What a difference a day makes.



  19. TheNewOriginal
    1:05 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    KSR is really making the state look good this week. Now the entire nation is getting to see the genius in action.



  20. Hartline
    1:10 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Who cares



  21. StuckinLville
    2:06 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    He’s always runnin his mouth so who cares if this particular quote wasn’t true. All he is doing is making his son hated and a target in the NBA, especially after today when he was talking about Lebron’s sons.



  22. vegascatfan
    2:42 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Kudos for correcting the mistake.



  23. HackRichards
    5:20 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Like all that publicity don’t ya boys…..



    • HackRichards
      5:26 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Well at least maybe eating crow may cool down the opposition’s fodder you have served on a platter.



  24. Blueblood65
    6:02 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    You made a mistake, it happens. It’s life. No one is perfect in this world. Having said that though, I bet he is talking somewhere. It will surface..GO CATS!😁👍🏀



  25. SamKat83
    6:37 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    I am reminded of the old Indian saying: “Two things you can’t take back: The sped arrow and the spoken word”. It is even harder with the written word. But that is the way to ‘man up’, Matt Jones.

    Mr. Ball has taught and tutored great basketball playing sons. Wish the Bruin son were a Wildcat, but Coach Cal can’t get ’em all.

    Beat UCLA, Wildcats and Alford may come back and make a renewed rivalry for Kentianians in the future. Two coaches of class: Calipari and Alford at terrific basketball playing schools!

    [comment 34] [Link]



    • unbridled
      7:31 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      Not a chance coach cal would tolerate lavar ball’s antics.



  26. catsarerunnin
    7:07 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    DrunkShockerSkankgate….BuffoonBallgate…..BruinRuingate next?



  27. huntcalvert
    7:11 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    What a good reason to have him on the show. Tell him someone is misquoting him and you’d like to give him the chance to come on ksr and straighten it out. There’s a 90% chance he’ll say something dumb. So it’s a win-win



  28. AuthorDude
    7:44 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Refreshing to see someone take responsibility for their actions. Mistakes happen (that’s why the word was invented) and owning up to them when they do occur is the right thing to do. And lets face it, this sounds like something Ball would have said, does it not?

    If only more people in the public eye did the same as you have in this post when something goes wrong.



  29. lexslamman
    7:55 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Good on you for the apology and transaction. As a journalist myself, and watching the pratfalls of others in our profession, I don’t believe a single word that comes out of anyone’s mouth anymore without multiple points of attribution. People just can’t be trusted anymore – especially other journalists.



  30. unbridled
    8:15 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Who created the anonymous twitter account that the erroneous quote was taken from? Would it be far fetched to think someone affiliated with ksr would do such a thing?



  31. chrislarkey
    8:15 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    No big deal, fake news is on TV every night.



  32. Laker Cat 18
    8:39 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Obviously LaVar threatened KSR over “fake news.” With that said, I find it very disturbing that he is not doing the same for the story about the kids not being able to see their ailing mother.



    • Sheeeeeiiit
      11:50 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

      This is the key point made here! Ball obviously went legal to fix this story. His brand is very important to him. Which is why he would have gone after the story about his wife even more seriously. The problem is it’s true and that is pretty effed up.



  33. secrick
    8:58 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Matt at least you didn’t say your guys where under fire when they found this story.



  34. jamabe12
    9:26 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    I still love you, Matt Jones! Don’t worry about it! Way to own up!



  35. 7ukncaa
    11:15 am March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Apologies are never easy but from a PR standpoint I like that you led with “We Screwed Up”. Honesty will help you in the long run. The best way to forget about a mea culpa . . a bigger story takes over. Ball going after Lebron’s kids and IU rumored to pay Alford 31 million trump this story any day of the week. Misquoting happens all the time. Crazy coaches’ wives dropping f-bombs and Dad’s taking on Lebron do not not. Onto the next story.



  36. BBaxterUK
    12:54 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Good gawd ppl get over it. It was a mistake,he apologized for it. Lets move on,not make it a huge deal & get ready for arguably the biggest game of the season! Thanks Matt & gang. GO CATS!!!!!



  37. eyebleedblue
    3:35 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Takes a man to admit a mistake, especially when it was a tiny one that someone else caused you to make. If only all media took this approach to protecting their integrity on even more important matters.



  38. dballrb
    4:08 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Mitch McConnell needs to retire.Rand Paul all the way.