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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.
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Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:27 pm
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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:03 pm

What does settling out of court say?

The settlement says two things:
• $200K and $71K are not significant amounts for CAL and RC.
• $200K and $71K are significant amounts for some sleazy lawyers.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:46 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Memphis fans are truly the dumbest most pathetic fans in the country. 

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:41 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Well, I think it is pretty clear without Rose the team doesn't have that phenom.  So its a Catch 22.  You will always have that season and you will always have in my whole hearted opinion that the NCAA tried to make an example out of Memphis when just as grevious of a violation occurred on the team that won the Championship.  That's the thing that's wrong here is the hypocracy of it all.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:24 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Going after Rose was not a good move, but then again Tiger Nation is upside down right now under RC.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:09 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

I think it stupid to Sue Rose for sure,

But what does settling out of court say about CAL and RC? maybe it was cheaper or maybe full disclosure would bring up some interesting stuff? Problem is, any interesting stuff also Hurts the tigers as well as Cal,so

net gain - Zilch

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:09 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

What does "Necktucky" mean?

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:33 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

It's interesting that Gary chose not to focus on the reason that Teflon John and RCJ opted to settle these potential lawsuits that "had all sorts of holes in it" before they were even brought as actual lawsuits?

Having to swear on a Bible that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth tends to make one think about what they might have to reveal.

Here come the Necktucky fans.     

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:08 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Gary, wouldn't the Memphis compliance office and NCAA be more responsible for Derrick Rose being cleared then anybody? I mean the NCAA cleared him to play and then decided they shouldn't have. If they did their jobs in the first place then this situation never happens, not to mention cheating on your SAT's has nothing to do with the college you're going to and everything to do with your high school. No matter what college Rose chose he would've been ineligible, but because he played for Calipari than Cal had to have something to do with it. Gotta love the lack of logic the majority of the sports world uses when it comes to John Calipari, if he was such a blatant cheater he'd get caught actually doing something wrong.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:48 am

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Tom III -- You are why I don't pay attention to these boards any more, but your complaints are so easy to dismiss that I must address them really quickly.

1. No, the attorneys didn't sue. They never filed a suit. They just threatened -- just like I wrote -- and that was enough to make Cal, Derrick and R.C. settle. Again, a suit was never filed. That's why this was all unknown until yesterday.

2. I never said someone took Derrick's SAT for him. I wrote that most believe someone took Derrick's SAT for him, which is true. Most do believe exactly that, including the folks who run the SAT and the folks who run the NCAA.

Now carry on ...

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