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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.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:37 am

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

People just need to make sure they understand that few states, if any, have any laws that prevent a passenger from leaving the scene of an accident. In Kentucky the statute makes it a felony for the driver to leave an accident where there are injuries or death but nothing controlling what the passengers do.

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:30 am

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

The lesson in all of this: Lexington cops are waayy easier to pay off than Memphis cops. Good job cal!

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:24 am

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

As a UK fan, I was fully prepared to be irritated by Gary's take on this, but I completely agree with everything stated here.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:23 am

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I think what he meant was that hanging out with someone who is probably leaving is probably not the greatest of influences.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:23 am

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I would absolutely do that... just walk away.  you don't know if the other driver (who was under the influence according to police) was being beligerent or yelling towards the players.  And if I'm a big time basketball player, at a big time university, getting ready to play a big time season, and then later go on to make big time money... i don't give anyone any reason to come at me, and attack me, and then claim later that I did something to him.  But that's me...joe thinking ahead.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:20 am

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Just so you know, Terrence and Stacey Poole are roommates ... that is why they were hanging out together.  The fact Poole may leave the team is irrelevant; these guys are roommates and friends.

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