Rick Pitino has had a wild week. His season is coming to an end, he’s handing out championship rings, his boss might lose his job and he’s talking about whether he’s still going to keep his own.
When Rick spoke to ESPN about his future, we all focused on certain words that would indicate whether or not he planned on staying or leaving. We were focused on the wrong words. Here’s the statement to ESPN we should’ve paid attention to:
“Jimmy [Valvano] said that NCAA investigation [at NC State] broke down his immune system,” Pitino recalled. “I told people that I was so saddened by what happened here, that I wasn’t sleeping, that it had taken a big toll on me. … But I said, ‘I’m not going to let this thing get me sick,’ and it hasn’t gotten me sick.”
Standup comedian and iHeart radio sports host, Jay Mohr, wouldn’t let this egregious remark slide. Mohr became outraged to think that Rick would try to invoke sympathy by playing a “Jimmy V” card. Valvano was dying of cancer. Rick’s players were having hooker parties.
Listen below for Mohr’s monologue that includes a few clever jokes too, like:
“You knew something was amiss at Louisville when Rick Pitino started wearing that all-white suit on the sidelines like he wanted to be the next comedian to be Colonel Sanders.”