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Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:31 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:19 am
By Gary Parrish

Three Memphis-area attorneys who double as University of Memphis boosters got so angry about John Calipari leaving their basketball program on probation that they last year threatened to sue Calipari, one-and-done star Derrick Rose and athletic director R.C. Johnson on behalf of unnamed season-ticket holders, according to reports late Thursday from The Commercial Appeal's Kyle Veazey and Geoff Calkins.

Nevermind that, according to university counsel Sheri Lipman, the complaint “had all sorts of holes in it." And nevermind that, according to common sense, any lawsuit would've almost certainly been dismissed. Calipari, Rose and Johnson still each opted to settle out of court. Calipari and Rose agreed to pay the attorneys a total of $100,000, and Calipari also agreed to donate the bonus he received for taking Memphis to the title game of the 2008 NCAA Tournament back to the school's Tiger Scholarship Fund. Johnson agreed to return the bonus he received that year, too.

Calipari's donation is estimated at $232,000 while Johnson is expected to repay a little more than $71,000.

So it's a victory for Memphis fans, I guess.

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They hit Calipari in the pocketbook.

That must've been fun.

But why did these attorneys think it was wise to threaten to sue the school's most famous alum?

Because that's not wise.

That's just stupid.

Say what you want about Rose, but he's merely a pawn in this game, a product of the system, a kid most believe only played at Memphis because somebody else took his SAT, a kid I believe should've never been essentially forced to play college basketball in the first place. Let's be honest: Rose didn't belong at a university any more than I belong in the NBA, and I mean that in the most respectful of ways. He's a basketball player, plain and simple, and it was pretty clear for years before Rose ever enrolled at Memphis that he'd eventually make millions of dollars slashing to the rim.

And it was very clear in March 2010 when three attorneys threatened to sue him.

So, again, who thought it was wise to do that?

Rose, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, will make hundreds of millions of dollars in his career, and all Memphis had to do to benefit from that was stay on good terms with the Chicago Bulls point guard. Remember how Carmelo Anthony donated $3 million to Syracuse to help build a practice facility named in his honor? It's reasonable to think Rose, whose next contract will likely be worth more than he could ever spend, might've done something similar for Memphis someday. But why would he now? Why would he donate big money to Memphis after Martin Zummach, a past president of the Memphis alumni association, threatened to sue him during his second season in the NBA?

Answer: I have no idea.

So congratulations, Memphis attorneys/boosters.

You made your threats and got some money, and I suppose that's good on some level. But including Rose in all this was silly and shortsighted. Yes, I realize he's now obligated to "consider … making a suitable donation” to the Tiger Scholarship Fund sometime before 2015, according to the agreement he signed. But if I were Rose I'd consider it only for a second, then simply decide I'd rather not.

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:19 pm

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Seriously Hattie.....

You quoted: "Some have Principals", and then you go on to slam Coach Cal. This coming from a fan of a school that just went through the Slick Rick drama. Are you going to tell me that Slick Rick has principals????

And, for the's PRINCIPLES!!!

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:14 pm

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

I'd rather see Coach Cal make a donation to the school he resurrected from the dead, than making a "donation" to a "lady" in an italian restaurant that resulted in a "donation" to a medical clinic in Cincinnati to "remove" a "donation", only to have that same "lady" demand "donations" to keep her quiet.

Makes you wonder who REALLY has a clean conscience in all of this hoo-haa. If I had to guess, it would be Coach Cal who has the clean conscience....after all, Memphis is better off having more scholarship money. And as for Louisville....well, they have, um, well, um, uh, um.....I'm not really sure what Louisville has.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:19 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

GARY--  Shocking But to Some --  It's NOT just all about the Money... Some have Principals That supercede the almighty buck...  Why would you even question that ???     Paypal buys a "clean conscience for $100G & Rose.. well- Sad If in fact he's the "most famous" Alumni... What If it was Madoff--  Wanna still let him "walk" ???  

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:17 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Sorry, I meant to type it IS somewhat unique to Memphis, but hey, I'd imagine you already knew that too.

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:11 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

This is typical of one and done players. This isn't unique to Memphis. It's not a knock against Memphis. It's just the nature of a one and done athlete. They aren't at a school long enough to really develop a spirit for the school. 
You do realize Carmelo Anthony was a one-and-done, right? You know, the same Carmelo Anthony who donated $3 million to build Syracuse a practice facility, as was mentioned in the article? Right? Yes, of course you knew that.

Also, I'm pretty sure all the one-and-done players at UK the past year or two have still been very active with the program, visiting often and participating in exhibition games in the offseason (Bledsoe, Cousins, and Wall were all in the UK Legends vs. Dominican Republic game, but I'm sure you knew that too).

So, dare I say it, I suppose it isn't somewhat unique to Memphis (gasp!)...

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:30 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Derrick Rose is also the university's most well known former student athlete that cheated on his SAT! So who really needs a cheater like that to honor, evidently Parrish does! Cause to him it's just all about the Benjamin's and evidently nothing else matters!

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:17 pm

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Memphis basketball does not need Derrick Rose. Its not like he was a 4 year player. He has never been very involved with the Memphis program anyway and probably never would have been. This is typical of one and done players. This isn't unique to Memphis. It's not a knock against Memphis. It's just the nature of a one and done athlete. They aren't at a school long enough to really develop a spirit for the school. 

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:55 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

So Parrish is basically saying that because he (and many others) don't like the rules and because Rose was too talented to have to bother with playing in the NCAA that that makes him a "pawn" and it is OK that he paid someone to take the SAT. Furthermore, even though all of this has resulted in sanctions and a wasted season that has been wiped off the books playing against kids who actually took their own SATs that they should not offend him because he might donate money to the university. I'm not an idealist by any stretch but really?  

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:00 pm

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Folks can debate whether or not Rose is the University's most famous alumni right now.  That is debateable.  However, Derrick Rose is the university's most well known former student for elite high school basketball players, and with that there is no debate.   Yes, among the very athletes that the U of Memphis is trying to recruit, Derrick Rose is a big time name, and that name was an asset to the basketball program at the university.  And I'm not sure that is true anymore because of the lawyers. 

Right now I wouldn't be surprised if Rose separates himself from the university.  That is his right.  However, it is clear Coach Josh Pastner wants him involved.

Has there ever been such a lawsuit (threatened) against former players?

Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:57 pm

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

I dont blame Derrick Rose for not going to Memphis madness. I read about this situation on the Commercial Appeal, you know the Memphis propaganda news site. I scrolled down to the comments cause I knew what would be there. " Calipari can go to hell, he is a cheat and a snake, and we are so glad Cals gone because we have a real coach with some integrity that will do more for us". You know your standard crying that Memphis fans have been known to do and take shots at Cal cause they secretly know they will never get a better coach or team than that 08 team. A few fans even suggested they would love to have Bobby Knight as there coach because he runs a clean program. I spit my drink out laughing so hard at that comment. It was great. I mean these people are so delusional and have such blind hatred toward Cal that they actually said that. I mean the Bobby Knight who choked and verbally assaulted multitudes of players, fans, and anyone else who happend to make eye contact with him. You all are rediculous to such a nature that I am worried about the sanity of many of the Memphis tigers fans. I really am. I thought we UK fans were bad.

But some of the comments about Derrick Rose were rediculous. As some said, he is one of 2 players that were the best to ever wear the Memphis uniform. There was never any proof he did anything wrong. Allegations are not facts. He didnt respond to the letters from the NCAA. I wouldent either if I was 18 and a multi millionare with much more important things going on the NCAA mail. I can understand a minute little rumbling over this from Memphis fans. But saying for him to go to hell and not ever come back to Memphis WOW. I mean really. No wonder in the starting lineups it doesent say from Memphis but from Chicago, his home town. I would not want anything to do with them either if I were him. You take the team to the title game, now vacated, and were never proven to have done anything and this is the way the fans of the college you went to are treating you? Pathetic. I mean I have seen everything being said about UK by fans but not telling one of my greatest players ever to go to hell and stay away.

If anyone is paying money it should be the NCAA for twice clearing him and then afterwords ruling him ineligable. Karma will come around Memphis and you wont be anywhere close to the final four while your former coach who led you through your best period ever is taking UK to the title. Then the mantra of wait till next year will start from Memphis fans. We will be waiting a while.

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