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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt shared his thoughts on KSR’s lawsuit last night

KSR was the subject of Scott Van Pelt’s “1 Big Thing” on SportsCenter last night.

Hear what he had to say:

The photos of Matt and Drew are ridiculous.

Article written by S. Whitman

28 Comments for ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt shared his thoughts on KSR’s lawsuit last night



  1. Han
    9:36 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    The national media always missed Higgins’ previous anti-UK moments (like the impossible call against us in the UConn game with the flop). He had a history of poor officiating against us, and we went into that game afraid he’d do it again. And he did. It’s not like we just threw a fit because we lost one game he happened to officiate.



  2. TBW3011
    9:39 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Agree totally. Regardless of what Matt says, he did fuel the fire by reading and showing the posts they found funny. Saying don’t do it and then posting the ones you find humorous was always going to lead to more of the behavior. That said, the lawsuit is a joke and there is no way KSR is legally responsible here. Particularly when they specifically said to not do this. While Matt could’ve used better judgement, he has nothing to worry about with this lawsuit.



    • Trevor
      11:01 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I love KSR and the boys…but I kinda agree with this one too. Better judgement could have been used.



    • Luether
      9:14 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      This is a chance for Matt to try out his Dook law degree…



  3. a21CATSfan
    9:47 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    They posted his business and phone number for everyone to see. Take the blue-tinted shades off for a second. I know strippers and pay for play scandals are bad, but this was embarrassing as well. CATS



    • BlueGrass
      10:41 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I agree this is embarrassing, I don’t think anyone is saying it isn’t. KSR wasn’t the first, or only, website to post the phone number and some sites had no UK ties. This is a blatant attempt by Higgins to harm a website dedicated to UK as he’s not going after any other web-site or even the first website to publish his information. Just because we may have blue tinted glasses on doesn’t mean we’re not reacting rationally here.



    • Rod Crandler
      2:08 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      However a business name and phone number are public information. Calling and leaving threatening messages is illegal but posting public information is not.



  4. Sentient Third Eye
    9:48 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    In this age of out-of-control social media lynch mobs, which can be driven by reasons either justified and unjustified, there’s no way to hold KSR responsible for the actions of some fans. Remember the doctor (dentist?) who shot a lion that had drifted outside the preserve? The social media lynch mob shut down his practice for a week. Should he be able to sue CNN and Fox News for reporting on the case? That would be ridiculous because it would effectively transfer fault from actual perpetrators to the messengers merely reporting on it. And the effect would be to make news impossible to effectively report.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:07 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Absolutely.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      5:41 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, the lawsuit certainly doesn’t make sense legally, but at some point you’d think the government would start some type of regulations on the WWW and some poor soul will end up being the scape goat. Here’s hoping that doesn’t end up being KSR.



  5. RealCatsFan
    9:51 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    If the courts rule in favor of Higgins it will open a huge can of worms for media everywhere, not just in sports. I personally cannot see it happening for this reason alone. And if they do rule in his favor, I think it will get overturned. When you advertise on the web, you do expose yourself to things like this – it is the bad that comes along with the good – the increased exposure to customers. Likewise, being an NCAA referee who appears on national TV makes you a public figure, which entails a different set of rules instead of a private person going about his business. And referees like Higgins and Adams, who seem to want to make the direction of the game depend on them, are bringing this on themselves, IMO. Please don’t read this to mean that I condone idiots calling someone (player, coach, referee, whatever) to directly threaten or harass them. I am just saying that when you take a job that entails public exposure in this day and age, you had better be prepared for the possible consequences. Maybe if Higgins had not made it so obvious (using the url “rooferees.com – seriously?), this very possibly would have not been as big of a deal.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:07 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Absolutely…again.



    • bhb71
      10:19 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly, the precedent this would set is a horrifying thought for journalists everywhere.

      That being said, I’d like to see KSR settle with Higgins. Give him a negligibly small amount of money, and issue an apology for how they covered that whole situation. Regardless of whether or not the anger was valid, this whole situation has been awful for the reputation of BBN, and an apology from BBN’s biggest news source would be a nice step forward.



    • BlueGrass
      10:44 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      bhb71, I couldn’t disagree more.

      When KSR has every single legal right and precedent on it’s side, and access to free legal council why would it settle in this case? Perhaps you should pay the “negligibly small amount” from your own pocket to atone for the sins of all UK fans.



  6. HackRichards
    10:24 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Love keeping up with BBN here, BUT its spewing crap like this and trying to be cute doing it, that gets you sued. Just stick to the CATS please. In other words Grow up. WITH THAT BEING SAID….On the bright side…Maybe the NCAA will NOT be assigning Higgins to any more Tournament games.



    • HackRichards
      10:25 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Tournament games involving UK.



    • BlueGrass
      10:45 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      “Stick to the CATS!” Rable, Rable, Rable



  7. BobTheBuilder
    10:24 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Thanks KSR, again, for making Kentucky fans look bad in the eyes of the nation.



    • BlueGrass
      10:47 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Oh Bob, it was be a relief to only make yourself look bad in the eyes of the nation everyday.



  8. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:42 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    the douches business address and phone number were already listed publicly for anyone to look up. this thing should be tossed out on the first hearing. covering news on a news site is not a crime unless its fake news and this story about higgins making bad calls is as real as it gets, roll the video tape.



    • Mathlete
      12:53 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Yup. If you have access to Google, you can find John Higgins’ business info.



  9. Look Out Fireworks
    12:18 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Will this create enough of a conflict of interest or safety issues to keep Higgins from ever officiating a KY game again?



  10. Rauh Gauh
    12:36 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    KSR you made it



  11. Mathlete
    12:54 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    That picture of Matt is actually Dave Fleming, but Google Image Search got them confused



  12. loservilletard
    1:08 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Higgins should be banned from all future UK games because of this, and if he is, its the best money Matt and Drew will ever spend. Heck, we can take up a collection for them…



  13. Al B. Frank
    3:22 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds to me like SVP took KSR’s side, mostly.



  14. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:48 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    This lawsuit is ridiculous. It reminds me of the time all of those people tried to sue Eminem because kids did bad things and then blamed it on his music. Someone who gets robbed or shot can’t blame Eminem, just like Higgins can’t blame KSR. If Uber’s CEO commits acts people don’t like and then CNN reports on it, Uber can’t sue CNN for it’s viewers who go and call the CEO a scumbag on twitter or cause his company to lose business. This would have a chilling effect on news everywhere. Telling a media company that it owes damages for posting public information would set a very dangerous precedent that simply won’t happen.



  15. MadHatter
    11:00 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    SVP acts like the UNC game was the only history we had with this guy. He’s been screwing us for years…