John Calipari is at it again. In a trend that’s sure to become common practice at Kentucky, Coach Cal is setting the revolving door of players in motion. Just last week, Cal made sure everyone at the McDonald’s All-American game knew 5 players would be leaving early to turn pro. Yesterday, the school released a statement confirming that John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, and Eric Bledsoe would in fact be leaving school early.
Unfortunately, this was news to Patrick Patterson and his family according to his mother. Vaught’s Views ran a story with quotes from his mother:
“I found out UK released a statement saying Patrick and the four freshmen are leaving for the NBA and will declare for the draft,” said Tywanna Patterson Wednesday night. “I said, ‘Really, nobody told me.”
“I have a problem with it going out and not being official. It is his decision. He has not declared for the draft and once he does he can’t back out because he declared for the draft last year.”
If you do not know the background of this story, I will sum it up quick/fast: University of Kentucky freshman Daniel Orton recently dropped his name in the hat for the NBA draft. Orton is one of five Kentucky players to be leaving early, basically gutting the depth and talent from this year’s Elite 8 squad. It is arguable whether he is ready or not… UK fan, (here represented by Mark Hamilton) is distressed that UK will have to reload, again, in order to remain competitive so he decides that the best way to relieve himself of this burden is to “tweet” Mr. Orton and show him a good virtual fist shakin.’
Stuff like this scares the Bujeebus out of me. Every fan base has its share of nutjob-psychopaths who go beyond pulling for their team. They take the successes and failures personally. In the past, these fruitcakes have had very little access to the coaches and players themselves and were usually resigned to creating stupid posters, wearing brown paper bags or writing letters to the editor of the local fishwrap. Now, with the magic of social networking, boobs like Mark can interact directly with the KIDS (thats what most collegiate athletes are…children) impulsively and unfiltered. This is a dangerous trend that I think will only get worse given the impulsive nature of the public at large. We are seeing this already with stupid Facebook groups aimed at recruits.
Piece of advice to the grown-folk out there living vicariously through the collegiate athletes of your choose school…its not cool, cute nor helpful to involve yourself at this level. You look like a tool.