John Calipari Apologizes for Rant -- Why?

Lindsay Mannering

John CalipariKentucky men’s basketball coach, John Calipari, apologized today via Twitter and Facebook for his colorful critique of freshman forward Terrence Jones’ lazy performance on Tuesday.

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.

Sometimes you don't realize in the moment that what you're saying is on national TV. The BBN deserves better and so do my players.

The Wildcats lost to Alabama on Tuesday, 68-66, and Jones is said to have squandered the last shot opportunity that would have closed the gap. He was apparently supposed to pass, but instead took a selfish half-court shot, which ticked the poop out of Calipari. Except Coach didn’t really express it like that.

But so what?

Listen, I don’t know what the big deal is. You don’t think coaches curse out players for dumb-ass moves all the time? Yes, they’re kids, and yes, impressionable, but if a few F-bombs are needed to get a point across, I’m totally f-ing cool with it. It’s not like Jones’ shoe was untied or that that he accidentally slipped -- the kid disobeyed his coach. F*&^ that!

I’m sure Calipari was told by the university to apologize, but I don’t think it was necessary. It's part of the game that's always been there, but not always filmed.

To me, coaches and foul language is like peanut butter and jelly. (Try sitting behind the bench at a University of Maryland game and listening to the steady torrent of obscenities that comes out of one Gary Williams and you’ll know what I mean. Yikes.) No need to apologize for the ingredients of a delicious sandwich, nor this.

Do you think Calipari needed to apologize?

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