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Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

Posted on: April 19, 2011 8:25 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 8:26 pm

Posted by Matt Jones

ESPN analyst Bobby Knight apologized to the University of Kentucky and its former basketball players on Tuesday for false statements he made during a speaking engagement in Wabash, Indiana. While speaking to a group of Indiana fans, Knight decided to take another opportunity to poke a jab at a favorite target of his, Kentucky coach John Calipari. He stated that he was against the college "one and done" rule and said that Kentucky's team in 2009-2010 had five starters in the NCAA tournament that all had not been to class their entire Spring semester.

The statement immediately set off outrage throughout the Bluegrass state and was shown to be false. All five of Kentucky's starters finished the Spring semester at Kentucky, with one player (Patrick Patterson) graduating from Kentucky and another (Darius Miller) still on the team currently. UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart issued a statement expressing "great offense" at Knight's comments and two of the players on the team, Patterson and Demarcus Cousins, both tweeted out their disappointment in Knight's statement.

On Tuesday, Knight responded to the criticism with the following statement:

"My overall point is that 'one and dones' are not healthy for college basketball. I should not have made it personal to Kentucky and its players and I apologize."

The statement does give college basketball fans the rare chance to see Bobby Knight apologize for anything, but is evasive of an actual apology for his false statements. He does express contrition for making a statement "personal" to the Kentucky players, but doesn't address the fact that the statements were also demonstrably false. After Knight's statement, Norby Williamson, executive vice president of ESPN production released this statement:

"Bob Knight's comments do not reflect the opinions of and are not endorsed by ESPN. We have communicated to him our disappointment and welcome his apology."

As of yet there has been no acknowledgement by Knight that his statements were false and when I contacted ESPN spokesman Mike Humes on Tuesday, he had no comment on whether Knight would acknowledge the false statements or whether he would be disciplined by the company.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 8:27 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

You must be living in a cave or like your ex coach just oblivious to the facts.Big Blue Nation is large and dwarfs you poor Hoosiers . Look up NCAA statistics for the past several years and see who leads the nation in Home. Neutral, and Away games sir and you will see Kentucky is number 1 by a large margin. Hmm wonder why that is and your hoosiers are 27th. Also notice that of the top 10 in the group Kentucky played 5 of the teams drawing attendance for them! Yes we are i#1 and just like your ex coach you just can't stand it and you engage your mouth before putting your brain in gear! GO CATS!!!

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:29 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements


Actually, there are only four pages of comments, and that's pretty low. I've seen much greater number than that.

I posted a piece because I'm a Hoosier and have been paying attention to both IU and UK for 40 years.

I live on the East Coast now and can honestly say that UK BB does not matter outside of Kentucky and Indiana ... because of the border war.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:54 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

there was no reason for the general to apologize for telling the just all fits into the what coach[cheater ]cal has been doing all along

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 8:54 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

It's great to see so many non UK fans so interested in our program. I look at other posts about other schools programs and not nearly the number of posts. So thank you all for showing such great interest in the greatest tradition and winningest program in the history of college basketball! This is great, keep it coming I am really impressed with all the posts whenever Kentucky basketball is mentioned! This is fantastic because the number one program usually draws the most interest and responses. Go Cats we got'em just where we want'em! 

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:33 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements


Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:25 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements


Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:01 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

You guys seem pretty naive equating "passing all classes" with "attending class". Especially when it comes to a program that is the face of the university, do you honestly think these kids are going to fail except under the most egregious circumstances? Was Knight wrong to finger a particular starting five? Sure. But let's not pretend that "student athletes" in marquee programs (with some exceptions, of course) are diligently hitting the books after practice. They're diligently hitting the Xbox 360, if you know anything about their actual lives. I've lived my whole life between East Lansing and Ann Arbor, trust me, "student athletes" have more immediately gratifying things on their minds than running regression models.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:55 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

Knight was making a point, as he is known to do he put his foot in his mouth, but what is the possible reason to make these kids spend a meaningless year in college.  If a kid wants to play basketball and a team wants to draft him  let him go.  Baseball has it perfect, two year commitment, then  if he wants he can be drafted  if he doesnt make a deal he can stay and finish.  but lets not make this about the classroom.  Wow one of the kids graduated, or finished a class?  the whole ncaa is such a disgrace ive lost all interest, i watch games, simply to see good athletes play at a high level, i didnt care if my roomate went to class why would i care if some kentucky first round lock is going.   I think its time every one lightens up on bobby knights comments, we know hes got his way of thinking, and speaking, and it definitley isnt going to change, but he keeps getting hired so obviously someone likes him.

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:34 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

Well said "laserrocket1".  I agree that they should definitely get rid of the age limit in NCAA sports.  If kids are mature enough to carry a rifle and die for this country, then what the hell makes showcasing 19 and 20 year old kids off for more than one season.  Is it so Vegas can have more reliable data to set their spreads or fill in their brackets.  Hearing people so worried about having more mature teams out on the court, than having a more mature armed service out on the battle field is not only comical to me, but criminal.  A little self righteousness is acceptable, but lets have it focused towards more useful topics.  Like steroid usage(but that's a whole other topic of discussion).

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:20 pm

Bob Knight apologizes for false statements

Nicely done.

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