If you believe that John Calipari took a shot at Louisville coach Rick Pitino with recent comments, then the Kentucky basketball coach has issued an apology to you for what he seemingly believes is a misinterpretation of his words.
He also apologized if Pitino “took it wrong,” during an appearance on ESPN’s Mike & Mike show on Thursday morning:
Calipari denies taking shot at Rick Pitino: “If he took it wrong, I apologize.”
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) June 23, 2016
Perhaps this will bring an end to what has become an offseason melodrama between the Bluegrass State basketball coaches.
It all started with comments Calipari made during an interview on The Mike Lupica Show earlier in June, which can be heard here:
The meaty portion involved a question about how much responsibility a coach has for the actions of his own program. Calipari’s response was transcribed by The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale:
“All I can tell you is this: If it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people you probably have a pretty good idea of what’s going on,” Calipari said. “If it happens back in their home town, it happens back with their family or other ways there’s no way you can know. You just don’t know. So, all I would say is most coaches have an idea if it happened on their campus. You might not be the first to know about it, but you eventually hear about it.”
Many interpreted that as a veiled shot at Pitino and the issues his program has been working through, which included a postseason season ban during the 2015-16 season after allegations of staff members setting up parties with strippers emerged from a report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
The Cardinals coach fired back with a response about living in glass houses.
“Whether it’s Duke last month or us this month, these type of comments – we’re here to build up the image of college basketball, not tear people down,” Pitino told the Courier-Journal’s Jeff Greer.
“I don’t live in glass house and I don’t throw stones,” Pitino said.