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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.
Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

"But why did these attorneys think it was wise to threaten to sue the school's most famous alum?"
Give me a break! Rose is hardly the "most famous" alumnus of the university.  He is probably not even the most famous former basketball player or former athlete in general.  He barely qualifies as a former student. 



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Rose's affiliation with the Memphis basketball program won't be impacted or soured because 3 Memphis lawyers threatened a lawsuit.


There you go. Settles that argument. Good to hear the voice of wisdom and to be blessed by D Rose's spokesman. 

Frigging idiot.    



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Rose's affiliation with the Memphis basketball program won't be impacted or soured because 3 Memphis lawyers threatened a lawsuit. 



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

SHUT UP KEVIN!!!




Since: Apr 22, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Univ. of Memphis is a Lost Cause.  These attornies decide to sue Rose and Coach Cal, they make BIG Deal of another coach who got Univ. of Memphis in a lot more trouble with the NCAA a number of years back.  Sounds to me like the FOOLs  in Memphis don't know right from wrong and that is why that University will never be no more than what it is now.  I have finally convinced my wife to drop her support for Memphis after the Nuts who run the program and one main Booster, the Owner of Fed Express, make stupid statements and do stupid things.  May both go down like the big ship that wouldn't sink that did.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

R.C. Johnson on the other hand needs to be fired.


Smartest line by a Memphis fan on this site in a long while. 


Greedy, stupid lawyer/booster's trying to get publicity.  Probably amused/annoyed Calipari and just made Rose say, "what a bunch of ass wipes."  But it is ridiculously stupid. You don't treat the best player you've had in recent memory this way and expect to benefit from it.  



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

And the reason this comes out now, one week before Memphis Madness? To get Rose to cancel his MM appearence of course. Mission accomplished by the way.



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

This sounds remarkably like a Gil Espy article.  Sounds like I may to lawyer up and file suit against someone.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

The fact that any Tiger fan thought that suing (or threatening to sue) Derrick Rose, 1 of only 2 significant basketball players in the history of the program, would be a good idea on any level says everything I already knew about the Memphis Tigers fan base...moronic. 



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

It was never proven that someone took Rose's test for him!  Get your facts straight on articles before you write them and the attorney's did sue they didn't just threaten too! Also their is no word wether Rose is actually going to pay the U of M any money or not.

It may be true that it wasn't PROVEN, but all the evidence points in that direction.(If it looks like a duck and waddles like a duck) It may be a knock on Rose that he couldn't pass the SAT's, but many kids can't. It's just unfortunate that he was forced to have someone take his test so that he could get into a college for the year that he wasn't allowed to be playing in the NBA. He could have taken the high road though, and not played in college, like Brandon Jennings did, but he didn't, he went to Memphis where he knew he'd get in.  One and done is just a joke. It forces people into doing things they wouldn't probably do, like have someone take tests for them.



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