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Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

Posted on: August 6, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 3:05 pm
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The University of Kentucky responded strongly Friday to a report by Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times that alleged Anthony Davis Sr., father of heralded recruit Anthony Davis Jr., of Chicago, "negotiated a deal that promised $200,000 from someone who wanted Davis to commit to Kentucky."

"The University of Kentucky is dismayed by the continued lack of professionalism and responsible journalism exhibited by Michael O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in running yet another false and defamatory story ... regarding the University’s recruitment of a high school student-athlete," the statement began. "Both the father of this student-athlete and the University have repeatedly told Mr. O’Brien that these unsubstantiated “rumors” are untrue.  Neither the University of Kentucky nor any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid any money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family."

It could be worth noting that Kentucky only denied "any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family," and made no mention of boosters or agents. That means although the deny is lengthy and aggressively worded, it doesn't necessarily deny what the Sun-Times reported Friday, that Davis' father "negotiated a deal that promised $200,000 from someone who wanted Davis to commit to Kentucky."

Either way, Kentucky clearly denied another aspect of the story, an allegation that the NCAA is "checking" into the recruitment of Davis.  "Mr. O’Brien’s Aug. 6 story also mischaracterizes the NCAA’s involvement in this matter by stating that the NCAA is 'checking' into the recruitment of the student-athlete. The University of Kentucky spoke with David Price, NCAA Vice President of Enforcement, who advised that the NCAA contacted Mr. O’Brien simply to inquire as to the alleged sources for his article and that 'this in no way confirms an NCAA investigation of the University' or an examination of the recruitment of the named student-athlete. It is the University’s understanding that such an inquiry represents the NCAA’s normal procedure any time allegations of misconduct are made, no matter how outrageous or unsubstantiated they may be."

Kentucky concluded its statement as follows: "The University of Kentucky has put Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times on notice that these published statements are false and defamatory. The University fully supports any action the student-athlete and his family may take against Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times. The University is also evaluating all available rights and remedies it may have against Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in responding to these false and defamatory statements."
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Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:01 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

Hey if it is in the newspaper it must be true. RIGHT

Anything to sell a paper.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:28 am
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

Again, another poster with excellent points lends more solid reasoning. You are correct. These days especially Kentucky basketball is the hot ticket to the NBA. Briefly, five, count them five players from last year were drafted in the first round of this years NBA draft including the # 1 pick John Wall.

The high school stars know that. Their parents know that. The agents know that. The high school coaches know that. Apparently Mr. O'Brian let it slip past him.

I saw another comment somewhere that the players wanting to go to Kentucky to play basketball should be paying the school for letting them play for a year before heading for the NBA and more money than most of them have ever seen in their lives.

Having said all of that a lawsuit would likely open a can of worms worse than Pandora's Box ever did. Nobody would be immune. There is no vaccine that would prevent any school or coach from being summoned to testify under oath.

It might be great sport to watch but nobody really wants it, especially the NCAA because those guys are the watchdog supposedly keeping these things from happening.

Some schools professing to be totally on the up-and-up with nary one scandal to mar their pristine image might find that lawyers and prosecutors ask really hard questions when they have a witness under oath.




Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:32 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

Why on earth would the University of Kentucky pay an athlete to come to Lexington to play basketball? With Coach Cal and the rest of the coaching staff, and what the university has to offer basketball-wise, there is no need to pay anyone. Kids want to play for Coach Cal and Kentucky, the style of play, the recent draft success, the possibility of the NBA, Uk doesn't have to pay anyone. We'll just go out and get someone just as good. as Davis. Duke, UNC, Michigan State, UK can almost pick who they want to play. Mr. O'Brien, you are way out of bounds on this one, go cover a bake sale or something, your sources suck on UK basketball.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:45 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

Now that makes sense.....The NBA is all they care about now a days.....NBA spells millions in these young boys eyes...If they don't go to UK for one year, they end up somewhere else.....FOR ONE YEAR.....



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2010 3:21 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

You hit the nail right on the head sir. If wins and wins alone is all the mildcat fans of Kentucky care about then have at em. There's only one win that matters, and that's the national championship. I'm loving Calipari, he can have all the best players every year as far as I'm concerned. College hoops is all about chemistry as a team, not the most talented collection, as nice as that may be. Look at Butler, making it as far as they did and losing to a better sound team in the Dookies.







Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2010 2:37 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

Since dad spilled the beans about negotiating a 200K deal, junior should be ruled ineligable to play college ball. Start putting the "Death Sentence" on players who do these kind of things. When a booster tries to entice a player or family, you don't negotiate, you report it 1st thing.......



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2010 2:19 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

the reason Calapari is a target is because, the two previous schools he was at, he cheated.  If it sounds like a duck walks like a duck.....THEN ITS A F*CKING DUCK.  What is the price a school will pay to win the whole thing???  And dont give me this crap all schools cheat...flat out giving kids money...is overboard. 



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:16 am
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

agreed with everything bu the last statement...Duke runs a clean program (although are regularly accused otherwise) and I think they won the National Championship in 2009-2010.  We all knew Cal would muck up UK's reputation even more.  Wildcats = dirtycats



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2010 10:50 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

Come on Kentucky, fess up.   Be accountable, show some integrity.   Nobody believes anything you are saying.
I am growing so tired of this.   The NCAA has to start slinging a giant sledge hammer because everything is getting
out of control.   




Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2010 10:38 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story

I don't think this is what UK is all about.  They knew bringing in Calipari would bring winning, and a lot of attention, but so does the circus.  It is taking away from a great tradition, and making them tabloid cover news.  It may have looked good right away, but sometimes the "traditional way" works out better in the long run. We need you back cats.


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