John Calipari Calls Terrence Jones a 'Selfish (Expletive)' on National TV
At least that's what Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari learned on Tuesday night as he was caught on national television calling freshman swingman Terrence Jones a "selfish mother-(expletive)" during Kentucky's game against Alabama. Whoops!
Calipari had been hard on Jones as of late, benching him in UK's game against Auburn on January 11. The move may have been an attempt to motivate Jones, even though he was battling a chest cold at the time. Well, it obviously worked as Jones came off the bench to score 35 points in that game, a UK freshman scoring record.
However, the one-sided shouting match on Tuesday night did not sit well with Kentucky fans.
The Wildcats fansite CatsPause.com has been all over the incident, with most posters stating their disgust for Coach Calipari's language, calling it "ugly," "embarrassing" and "uncalled for."
Other Kentucky fans, however, cut the coach a little slack. Some chalked it up to Calipari being lost in the heat of the moment, while one poster was convinced that he read Calipari's lips and jokingly insisted that the coach said, "Let's go out for shellfish, oyster shucker!"
Whichever side you may be on, it's clear that Calipari is ashamed of his own actions.
After the game he issued a statement on his Twitter account saying, "First of all I want to apologize for my language at the end of the game. I got caught up in the emotion of the game, but that's no excuse."
No, it certainly isn't. Neither is offering up a shellfish dinner and not inviting the rest of the team, you selfish mother... trucker?
"Sometimes you don't realize in the moment that what you're saying is on national TV," Calipari added in another tweet. "The (Big Blue Nation) deserves better and so do my players."
In the end, Alabama held on to defeat Kentucky, 68-66. Jones scored 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and, uh-oh, just two assists. Maybe the coach was on to something.