Calipari to be inducted to the HOF!
This is something I cannot understand. If what he does for UK now is to be found with fouls, such induction will be a joke.
@Shanghai_RCJH It’s a joke. I really appreciate what he teaches his players…
Andrew Harrison @DrewRoc5 Follow First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know. 2:25 AM - 5 Apr 2015
Apology NOT accepted. He meant it, or he wouldn’t have said it. I want to recognize Calipari as a great HOF coach that teaches his underprivileged players on and off the court. Congrats Coach Calipari for all you’ve done for the game of basketball…NOTHING.
@truehawk93 Wasn’t it the Harrisons who got caught on tape saying something about Andrew Wiggins which may have been the deciding factor in him dismissing UK from his list? Something to the effect of “F— Andrew Wiggins, we don’t need him”?
@approxinfinity I believe so. I’m just tired of the double standard.
Near the end of the question, a live microphone picked up Harrison muttering “F— that n----” as his hand covered his mouth.
We will not effectively eliminate racial slurs, or racism, until both races are intolerant of such slurs. The community has to address it more so than any other community in order to end it.
Folks like Harrison must be addressed with equal intensity and discipline if this is to be taken seriously.
@truehawk93 In the espn article mentioned he brought three schools to final four and two were vacated later.
What make them think the third one will be legit!
@Shanghai_RCJH I hate to say it, but UK should be seriously concerned if and when Calipari leaves. This should sober them to at least think twice, but in the end, they are UK and will continue in their old ways.
Win at all costs.
They will demand Calipari’s head on a platter if the program vacates his seasons. It will be nasty. I foresee UK taking him to court and demanding the NCAA reprimand him with some coach’s death penalty that he never coach in college again.
@approxinfinity Wigs will school both Harrisons if they ever step foot onto an NBA court. They aren’t even in the same league of character or level of play as Wigs. Wigs is in a league of his own.
Wigs is making history in the NBA. The Harrisons are way behind.
As to the link, it doesn’t show good judgement on the part of the Harrisons. They obviously still have a problem. The strange thing about their problem, it’s inter-racism. They are talking about their own race? How does this seem right?
What Stephen A. Smith states the obvious and is against the action, but he defends Harrison. He then mentions Kaminsky saying it and then defends the comment. Again, Smith should be against it regardless of one’s race. Eliminate that ugly word from all people, black or white. Smith said, if Kaminsky said it (being white) we would have a different problem? What is wrong with this picture?
Let’s be clear Stephen A. Smith, racism is always wrong. Don’t justify it. You are promoting it. You are a sports analyst. Stand up and be accounted. Don’t cave to a culture or race. Stand your ground and detest it at every instance, no matter who says it. It’s intolerable.
@truehawk93 I see another possibility that is slightly more positive. Maybe in this context, Harrison is being inclusive with the word. Maybe culturally the word is being repurposed to no longer have a racial context. By calling Kaminsky this, it might show that basketball is a brotherhood that goes deeper than the color of one’s skin. I’m by no means saying that this is his deliberate thought process. I’ve played at the Y before, where kids have said something like “that n---- is a beast” about me after playing with me. In some ways, being called the same as another’s race is inclusionary and makes that comment more complimentary.
That being said, the Harrisons need to get their heads on straight, shake hands win or loss, and stop putting themselves in bad positions with the media. They’re selfish, clueless kids. While maybe it’s understandable to some degree, there is nothing special or endearing about this behavior. And as you said, Wiggins has them beaten by a mile in both class and in talent.
@approxinfinity I’ve been around it most of my life and played bball with many in that culture, but it’s still wrong. I don’t care what context it is used. This is why our country has the problems that it has today. We tolerate it within certain “contexts.” It’s not acceptable at all.
Let’s be clear about Harrison’s comment or context. He meant for it to be derogatory. He was mad, angry, disappointed, or whatever, but this is where you grow up and show your maturity. It’s time to grow up. He’s a sophomore in college on a big stage. He has to control his mouth at all times and watch his circumstances.
This is true of KU players too. I don’t buy into their age being a factor. They have to grow up and there are many doing really well regardless of their age. Perry Ellis is a great kid. He has beliefs, values, and ultimately behaviors that keep him solid. He’s a mature young man, and recognizes his role at this point. The Harrisons might want to watch other players like Ellis and learn.
Ellis is a role model on and off the court.
This is funny. I played a pick-up game with some black bball players in South Carolina. One was 6-5 and another around 6-7. I was a baller and they liked me really well. I had nothing against them whatsoever. One of them was from San Diego, CA. He lived in Arizona. The other was from San Antonio, TX. They liked and respected me. We were really good.
Here’s the problem. We would score and I would make a comment by calling them “boy.” For example, way to go boy or good job boy. I meant absolutely nothing by it and they knew it too. However, one one of them very casually and respectfully reminded me that it wasn’t a good term to use with them. I thought about it and immediately realized what he was saying. I quickly stopped calling them ‘boy’ and found a more suitable term or term of endearment. The point was, he was right, the name or title I chose to use was wrong and inappropriate. It didn’t matter the context. It wasn’t a very encouraging term. They were on my team too. We won 10 games together. We were a good team. We all had beliefs, values and behaviors that allowed us to be the best of friends after it was all over.
@truehawk93 Harrison was at a Press Conference. Totally unacceptable. Even if the thoughts were floating around in his head, he has to remain professional and keep those thoughts to himself. No Excuses!
The sad truth is that in the inner city playgrounds and most gyms in predominantly black areas…or is it African American? in cities of all sizes, the “N” word and other offensive terms are bandied around without anybody objecting, no doubt a result of the influence of rap music where the word is the staple of most rappers.
Let’s face it, black people…pardon me again…African American people are not held to the same scrutiny as white (???) people are. Can you imagine if a white player would have said the exact same words about an African American player? Can you imagine the outrage? We would have the president delivering a speech on the subject from the Rose Garden and the Attorney General would investigate the statement as “hate” crime…and of course Jackson and Sharpton would be calling for a boycott of the state and suspension of federal aid to the school.
Let’s face it, Harrison was a jerk but it is not any different that what players say all the time off the record, he just happened to get caught on a live microphone.
@JayHawkFanToo I see what you are saying and agree that the African American community needs to purge this word from the vocabulary. However, the analogy you used, of a white person saying the exact same thing about a black player is not entirely accurate. If Harrison would have used a derogatory word for white people in his comment, then it would be. I think in that scenario it would be a bigger deal, but still not as big as it would have been the other way around. Just the way it works in the minority vs majority dynamic I guess.