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After months of catching up with former Kentucky basketball players, KSR’s Bradley “B-Roll” McKee is switching it up this week with a conversation with former UK football receiver La’Rod King!
King, who played four years at Kentucky from 2009-2012, spoke with B-Roll about his recent coronavirus diagnosis, the ongoing fight for social justice, and his playing career, among other topics.
“Yeah, man, unfortunately I did [have the coronavirus],” King said. “It’s just one of those things where life happens. I didn’t expect for it to happen, I wasn’t prepared for it, it just hit me out of nowhere. I’m glad I have a great support system. Shoutout to my wife, she’s amazing. Without her, I don’t really know where I’d be.”
The former UK wideout broke down some of his symptoms and ongoing struggles in his attempt to return to full health.
“The first couple days were the worst. I don’t know, I think week two, somewhere around there, you start losing track of days,” King told KSR. “First couple of days I had a fever, body aches, cold chills, under the covers shaking for five hours straight. I was like, “Something ain’t right, something ain’t right.” Sure enough, I drive to get tested, and I’m feeling every bump. It felt like my body, my arm was about to fall off or something!
“Thank God I beat that part, man. Now I’m just trying to get my strength back. … Long conversations get me winded, but I’ve been doing better. I’m in good spirits. I try to document my journey to help others out there, let them know that you’re not alone if you end up catching this. It’s a world pandemic, we’ve got to be together.”
From there, King discussed the ongoing fight for social justice we’re seeing throughout the country and his role in the local protests.
“It’s a beautiful thing, but it’s sad it had to come out on terms like this,” King said. “When people say “Black Lives Matter,” it’s not an attack of saying “Only black people matter.” It’s the fact that we’re still fighting social injustice, and the whole concept is to raise awareness that there is a problem going on. Think about why we even have to say, “Black Lives Matter.” Yes, all lives matter. Period. If you’re alive, you’re breathing, you’re a human. And that’s what we want to be looked at as, human.”
The former Wildcat then broke down his playing days at Kentucky, his relationship with Joker Phillips, and what he thinks about Mark Stoops and the job he has done since arriving on campus in fall of 2012.
Take a look at the entire interview below: