Friday, October 30, 2009

Anything Goes at Kentucky

I'll let Sports by Brooks do the talking:
Well, for once it wasn’t a Twitter post that started a huge controversy with an athlete. It was just the little ol’ lead of this LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER story on Kentucky basketball, in which Wildcats beat reporter Jerry Tipton noted that forward Patrick Patterson drove to Wednesday’s Blue-White game in a brand new, rather expensive truck.

Forgive Reggie Bush if he’s unimpressed. But folks in Kentucky are sure talking about it. And Patterson’s mom is more than a little P.O.ed. Was Tipton’s lead written to provoke controversy? (Heaven forbid!). Or was it an innocent observation? By the way, Patterson’s mom says the report isn’t even true.
Tipton’s lead in today’s HERALD-LEADER:

Patrick Patterson drove to Rupp Arena for Wednesday’s Blue-White Game in his new Lincoln Mark LT. The black truck was not the only difference for Kentucky’s big man.

“I’ve got a new game to go with my new car,” he said. “I’m trying to show the new areas I’m working on.”

Then, this:

For Patterson, the fun figured to continue as he climbed in his new black truck and drove away.

“He just gave in,” Patterson said of his father finally fulfilling his pleadings for a new vehicle. “I’m ecstatic.”

I didn’t see that graph about his “father finally fulfilling his pleadings” the first time I read the story. Perhaps I just missed it … or perhaps Tipton added it later. Anyway, Tipton has somewhat of a reputation for stirring controversy. It’s hard to believe that he didn’t realize that mentioning a college player with a brand new Lincoln Mark LT would be like poking a hornet’s nest.

If you believe this sort of thing really goes on, you have to say to yourself--why do they get away with it in Kentucky? And the season? The season hasn't even started. I totally discount the damage control brought into play here by the athlete's mother. That's all it is--damage control. College player gets a free vehicle. (Hey, Maurice Clarett, how does that work again?) College player drives it around. Someone starts asking questions. The Kentucky Basketball mafia closes ranks and the Kentucky media rolls over fast. The NCAA goes back to hounding nobodies.

They have always gotten away with it. This has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions.

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