NCAA Basketball: John Calipari Responds to Journalist Who Critized Him For Post-Game Attire

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 12/21/16 10:21PM EST
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When he addressed some media members over the weekend, Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari appeared in jeans and a partially unbuttoned shirt.

This was after his team won a memorable game against the North Carolina Tar Heels, which ended with a final score of 103-100. But apparently, his post-game attire did not sit well with some members of the media.

Columnist Adam Lucas for North Carolina's official website GoHeels.com even wrote a piece on Calipari's attire of choice. In the article, Lucas hit at Calipari and the rest of the Wildcats for the coach's behavior, noting how "differently things work in Lexington."

"John Calipari arrived at his postgame press conference with his tie off, top two buttons on his shirt unbuttoned, and having changed into blue jeans. There are not two top-level programs in America right now that arrive at the end result off the court more differently than Carolina and Kentucky," an excerpt from Lucas' column reads.

It did not take long before Calipari found out about what was written about him. Which is why he decided to take action and respond to Lucas. During a press conference prior to the Wildcats' game against the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, Calipari appeared more dressed down, compared to his post-game attire against North Carolina.

Kentucky's beat reporter Kyle Tucker posted a photo of Calipiari clad in what looked like workout clothes via Twitter. Specifically, he was wearing a white t-shirt, a pair of shorts and sneakers, with a towel draped around his left shoulder.

In his defense, Calipari stated that he was already in the middle of preparing for a flight when he was called on to appear at that weekend's press conference. According to him, coming in wearing a suit may have been overboard.

"I was getting ready for a nine-hour plane flight," Calipari told reporters. "Did they expect me to go (to the press conference) in a suit? The suit is $1,500. I'm not to wrinkle it up."

 

 



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