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When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: April 19, 2011 11:17 am
You don't like Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari? Fine. You have ammunition.

Calipari recruits kids he knows will spend one or two years on campus, kids interested more in pursuing the NBA than their college degree, and if that's the sort of thing that bugs you, complain about that.

Calipari has taken three schools to the Final Four, and two of them had to vacate that appearance because of NCAA violations involving a player -- not a coach, but a player. But if that's the sort of thing you want to lay at the head coach's feet, fine. Lay it there. Complain about that.

But what you can't do -- what ESPN commentator Bob Knight did do the other day -- is ignore the pile of facts at your disposal and make up your own. And come up with your own half-truth or even your own outright lie, and use that to attack John Calipari.

But again, that's what Bob Knight did the other day when he defamed the entire starting five on Kentucky's team in 2009-10 by saying, "Kentucky (that season) started five players in the NCAA tournament games that had not been to class that semester."

Interesting statement. But an outright lie. It makes Calipari, who clearly isn't on Knight's list of people he likes, look bad. But it makes five young men look awful, and unfairly so. Because John Wall went to class that semester and made the honor roll. Patrick Patterson went to class that semester and earned his degree -- in his third year. I don't know what Kentucky's other three starters earned that semester, but if Knight thinks they didn't go to school, well, that's all I need to know to believe otherwise.

Because Bob Knight has no idea what he's talking about.

I'm not big on, "So-and-so owes an apology!" But today, Bob Knight owes an apology to John Calipari, and to Patrick Patterson, and to John Wall, and to the rest of Kentucky's starting five. He said something awful about them, something blatantly untrue, and he needs to correct it.

But he's a bad guy, so he won't say a damn thing unless ESPN makes him.

So that's where we stand. What's it going to be, ESPN?

You going to allow this?

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bob Knight

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:39 pm

When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

Kentucky only has to provide the G.P.A. for the players in question.  Florida State had to release the names of the athletes that were suspended over the "test".  Coach Knight may not be on the most loved person list, but he has ALWAYS said what he believes and normally has the facts to back up is position.  Truth be known, Kentucky hired a guy who has left programs because of NCAA violations on two occasions.  I would estimate by late 2012, the same things that hit U Mass and Memphis are going to hit Kentucky.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:37 pm

When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

You need to watch the clip.....HE IS NOT MAKING A JOKE!!  Bob Knight is a JACKWAGON!  Plain and simple.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:29 pm

And all of your columns are based on fact???

Please - all journalism is slanted.  Vendettas and biases are played out and stories are slanted and manipulated to air personal grievances.

Knight is no different than you.  He is a bully who makes up his facts to support the point he wants to convey.

Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:28 pm


I misread the article...lowest GPA of any UK team since 2002. Whoops.

Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:23 pm


I didn't see the clip, so I'm only judging the situation based on what's written here. This statement doesn't sound like a lie; it sounds like exaggeration. It sounds like Coach Knight was making a joke. Remember, this is Bob Knight. He says things that might be shocking when he's trying to get a laugh (and I'm sure his comment did get a laugh). 
We can quote statistics all day, like John Wall's GPA, Patrick Patterson's academic record or the fact that Kentucky's team last year had the lowest GPA of any D1 team since 2002. However, we have to remember that Coach Knight was making a joke that shouldn't be taken too seriously. Firing him would be a bit of an overreaction as well, Kentucky fans. 

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:19 pm

When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

I just consider the source and realize he is full of S**t!

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:13 pm

When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

Bobby Knight is the devil.  He is the latest earthly incarnation of the anti-christ.  If someone at ESPN criticizes Knight, Knight will unleash a pox on their family.

Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:02 pm

When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

Thank you. At first I was angry, but then I realized Bob Knight has let his hatred of UK lead him to a huge mistake. If ESPN doesn't fire him, well then I guess we'll know they don't have much interest in things like truth, and integrity. The kind of thing Bob Knight has claimed his whole life he stands for.

I've never believed him.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:58 am

When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

I think Knight's biggest issue is with the one and done rule, not so much UK or Calipari.  Knight's point is that the kids did not have to go to class at all that semester if they did not want to.  If you are one and done, you really only have to attend one semester of class in order to be eligible as the spring semester is not over until after the season is over.  That being said, Knight still runs off at the mouth way to much and probably does owe UK and the crew an apology.  He also needs to find a better way to make a point. 

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:39 am

When an idiot speaks, starring Bob Knight

Bob Knight should be fired for this slander

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