John Calipari tries to skip question about FBI investigations, reporter demands answer
Oct 13 2017 by Marjorie Miles
In his first appearance with reporters since the FBI investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball was revealed, Kentucky men's basketball Coach John Calipari faced a number of questions on the issue at the beginning of the United Kingdom media day press conference Thursday.
Enjoy this exchange of questions/answers from WLEX-TV anchor Alan Cutler and Lexington Herald beat reporter Jerry Tipton with Calipari.
It only gets better from there as Calipari looks somewhat befuzzled that the reporter bit back at him.
Tipton: "You can then not answer ... fine".
Calipari was asked about reports that the FBI has expanded its investigation into Nike, the shoe company that provides United Kingdom with millions in athletic gear. Kentucky is a Nike school.
Tipton: "John, one more question about the Federal Bureau of Investigation". I don't know where all this is going.
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Calipari: Well again, you're acting like you know something that I don't know.
Calipari: "Wait a minute".
Quade Green, a freshman guard, said, "We can have Hamidou play the point guard, have Shai play the point guard, have Jarred even Jarred's hurt but when he comes back he can play the point guard, and there's so many lineups you can go to". Do we know if it's true?
Calipari: "Well, that makes it true". I mean, we haven't been contacted. We're going about our business of coaching this team. How about a basketball question since it isn't my day. "How about a basketball question, since it isn't "my day"?" "Since it isn't my day".
Federal prosecutors in NY announced last month that Auburn's Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans, Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson and USC's Tony Bland were among the 10 people charged following a three-year FBI investigation.
But before he had a chance to talk specifically about Kentucky's roster, he was asked about his thoughts on the ongoing FBI investigation into the world of college basketball recruiting.