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The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: November 11, 2011 11:23 am
 
By Gary Parrish

John Calipari has long preached that "nothing good happens after midnight."

I disagree.

Because some of the very best things that ever happened to me happened well after midnight, and I wouldn't trade those memories for all the Final Fours in the world. That said, I do recognize the point the Kentucky coach is always trying to make, and I'll bet you five bucks Calipari repeats that motto at least 47 times between now and when the Wildcats open the season tonight against Marist.

Yes, UK opens tonight.

And yet Terrence Jones -- the preseason SEC Player of the Year -- was out and about in Lexington at 2:30 this morning, which is around the time he was, along with teammate Stacey Poole, involved in a traffic accident that sent both to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. To be clear, there's no indication Jones and Poole were at fault; they were apparently hit by an intoxicated driver operating on the wrong side of the road. Calipari posted on his website that no evidence of drugs or alcohol were found on Jones or Poole (or in their vehicle). So it appears this is simply a case of two people being at the wrong place at the wrong time -- although Jones needs to explain why he left the scene of the accident because the only public explanation given to date doesn't make much sense to the rational (and unbiased) mind.

Calipari said Jones left the scene out of "fear of an altercation with the driver of the oncoming vehicle," but who does that? Seriously, who has ever done that? Have you ever done that? I know I've never done that. I can't tell you I've never had friends or heard about people leaving the scene of an early morning accident, but they've always had a reason to do it, and their reasons are usually along the same lines. Never once heard about somebody leaving the scene -- and leaving a friend, much less a teammate -- out of fear of an altercation, especially when that somebody is 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. But I guess there's a first time for everything. Perhaps this is that first time. Perhaps.

Either way, what was Terrence Jones thinking?

Not about leaving the scene.

About being out so late the night before the season-opener.

When literally the only thing anybody questions about you as a basketball player is your ability to be mature and lead, it seems like you'd want to start eliminating those questions heading into your sophomore season, and being out in the middle of the night less than 24 hours before the opener doesn't do that. It only validates the questions and makes things worse. Jones, simply put, has to be smarter.

I still think he's a terrific talent.

I still think he'll be an All-American.

But popping around town at 2:30 a.m. the night before a game with a guy who is reportedly close to leaving the program can't possibly be a good sign, and it's a helluva way to start what could be a helluva season. Nothing good happens after midnight? Again, I disagree. But if I were a basketball coach, I'd probably say that a bunch, too.
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Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:09 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

One of the greatest football coaches in the history of college football is out of a job today and he didn't violate any laws either.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:07 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I don't understand why everybody's so bent out of shape about this. Gary clearly states the following:

"To be clear, there's no indication Jones and Poole were at fault; they were apparently hit by an intoxicated driver operating on the wrong side of the road. Calipari posted on his website that no evidence of drugs or alcohol were found on Jones or Poole (or in their vehicle). So it appears this is simply a case of two people being at the wrong place at the wrong time..."

And it's absolutely fair to say:

"Jones needs to explain why he left the scene of the accident because the only public explanation given to date doesn't make much sense to the rational (and unbiased) mind."

I firmly believe there probably wasn't anything scandalous or illegal going on w/ Jones, Poole, or the driver, but this article isn't claiming there was, he's just saying the explanation given is kind of weak, and I agree. If I had to guess, I would say Terrence probably just got nervous and took off, just wanting to avoid any publicity whatsoever, and when it came time for him to give an explanation, he probably thought his version of why he left would sound more plausible than just wanting to get the hell out of there.

And Gary probably didn't know Terrence and Stacey are roommates, or any of the background or details of why they were out and what they were doing, so let's just take off the blue-tinted glasses for a minute and try to look at this objectively. If this were any other program, I know there are plenty of UK fans who wouldn't have any problem assuming something shady was going on.


Nailed the proverbial nail on the head here. I agree 100 percent. UK fans would be the first to assume the negative about UL or UNC. But that can be said for fans of every University.


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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:06 pm
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Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:06 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Keep in mind that Parish and Goodman are just writig this story to gets hits. Both of them are idiots. Parish even says in his twiiter that "Change Jones to Siva, Poole to Blackshear and Calipari to Pitino, and I bet UK fans would have a vastly different take on this story"

I would bet $1000 that neither one of them would have witten a story if it happened to any UL players.

We know your game. You are nothing but scumbags. 



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:05 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Easy to see nothing has changed, you know who is still the biggest liar in sports. Wonder hwo ALex's Mom feels now after convincing her son to change his mind and go to UK.



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:02 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I don't understand why everybody's so bent out of shape about this. Gary clearly states the following:

"To be clear, there's no indication Jones and Poole were at fault; they were apparently hit by an intoxicated driver operating on the wrong side of the road. Calipari posted on his website that no evidence of drugs or alcohol were found on Jones or Poole (or in their vehicle). So it appears this is simply a case of two people being at the wrong place at the wrong time..."

And it's absolutely fair to say:

"Jones needs to explain why he left the scene of the accident because the only public explanation given to date doesn't make much sense to the rational (and unbiased) mind."

I firmly believe there probably wasn't anything scandalous or illegal going on w/ Jones, Poole, or the driver, but this article isn't claiming there was, he's just saying the explanation given is kind of weak, and I agree. If I had to guess, I would say Terrence probably just got nervous and took off, just wanting to avoid any publicity whatsoever, and when it came time for him to give an explanation, he probably thought his version of why he left would sound more plausible than just wanting to get the hell out of there.

And Gary probably didn't know Terrence and Stacey are roommates, or any of the background or details of why they were out and what they were doing, so let's just take off the blue-tinted glasses for a minute and try to look at this objectively. If this were any other program, I know there are plenty of UK fans who wouldn't have any problem assuming something shady was going on.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:51 am
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

"to the rational (and unbiased) mind" - guess that leaves you out.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:46 am
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I'd say this is a case where the cover-up is greater than the "crime" (considering no crime was committed by anyone associated with UK).

It doesn't appear that Jones did anything wrong leading up to the accident, and I suspect that he initially left so that his name would be left out of it.  Maybe he wanted to punch the other drivers lights out.  He probably wanted to punch the other drivers lights out.  But the reality is that he probably walked on home thinking that he could slide into bed and no one would find out that he was out at 2:30 in the morning.

Not that being out at 2:30 in the morning with some college buddies was terribly wrong.  He just knew that it would bring heat and unwanted attention.  It was a lapse in judgement, compounded by his further lapse in judgement in leaving the scene.

Apparently Jones came to his senses.  He spoke with police.  He went to the hospital for treatment.  No laws were broken.  This is just another case of a high profile kid making some errors in judgement.  Fortunately no one was hurt.  Hopefully, Jones will be more thoughtful next time.  Thank goodness he will have that chance.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:46 am
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Poor form, Gary.  No, really, poor form.  Jones was working out until nearly midnight at the Craft Center.  He was headed to a local concert on campus for the group that sang "Teach me 'Bout Kentucky" (Dougie?) ... they delayed the show, so Jones and Poole ultimately had to leave.  You're irresponsible and awful to suggest Jones was drunk or high or whatever it is you're trying to imply.  Do you know whether the kid even drinks or smokes at all?  Because if you ask around, you might find out that he doesn't engage in either activity.  You're just an ass.



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:39 am
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Jesus, Gary, are you REALLY baffled as to why Terrence Jones would want to avoid an altercation? REALL? Because he is a COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER, one at KENTUCKY no less, you idiot. There was yelling back and forth and Jones left before it escalated. No crap you dont know anyone who would leave a sceen, i think it's pretty obvious Jones would have  LOT to lose if he would have beat the crap out of the drunk driver (he would have).  Ask yourself seriously, Gary, what would you have written about Jones had he gotten out of the car and beat up the drunk driver? Seriously, what would you have written? THINK. How do you get payed to write things like this?!?! And for the record, Jones and the others were out the late to support their friend who was supposed to perform at a music club, but after his time kept getting delayed, it finalyl got cancelled, and that's when they left. Before that, Jones was working out at the Joe Craft Center untill about 11:15. Write about THAT.


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