If you tune into to any ESPN programming on Thursday, you’re likely to see Kentucky coach John Calipari.
Calipari is going through the “ESPN “car wash”, where he’s set to appear on a variety of ESPN’s shows. Dan Le Batard, who is scheduled to have Calipari on his television show, Highly Questionable, later today, is not a fan of the coverage.
Le Batard spent time on his national radio show discussing Calipari’s appearances, and he did not hold back.
“It’s simply not right to give him the entire platform to be out recruiting by himself,” Le Batard said. “It’s not the coaches coming through the carwash. It’s one super famous coach who already has a recruiting advantage using all of our platforms to go into full salesman mode. ESPN is doing something wrong today as part of this transaction, and I’m right in on it.”
Le Batard placed more of the blame on ESPN and not Calipari.
“This is unseemly,” Le Batard said. “This is ESPN being in on the deal. And there’s no getting around this. I can moralize and gasbag all I want, but this is ESPN in on the deal. A texter writes in, ‘Dan, any thoughts on what ESPN is doing today with Calipari?’ It comes off like a gross recruiting tool for Kentucky. Calling moms of former players, letting him schmooze live on the air, does ESPN have any obligation to keep clear of this type of thing?”
The NBA Draft begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, while Le Batard’s show airs at 4:30 p.m. Both will be televised on ESPN.