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Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:31 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:19 am
 
By Gary Parrish

Three Memphis-area attorneys who double as University of Memphis boosters got so angry about John Calipari leaving their basketball program on probation that they last year threatened to sue Calipari, one-and-done star Derrick Rose and athletic director R.C. Johnson on behalf of unnamed season-ticket holders, according to reports late Thursday from The Commercial Appeal's Kyle Veazey and Geoff Calkins.

Nevermind that, according to university counsel Sheri Lipman, the complaint “had all sorts of holes in it." And nevermind that, according to common sense, any lawsuit would've almost certainly been dismissed. Calipari, Rose and Johnson still each opted to settle out of court. Calipari and Rose agreed to pay the attorneys a total of $100,000, and Calipari also agreed to donate the bonus he received for taking Memphis to the title game of the 2008 NCAA Tournament back to the school's Tiger Scholarship Fund. Johnson agreed to return the bonus he received that year, too.

Calipari's donation is estimated at $232,000 while Johnson is expected to repay a little more than $71,000.

So it's a victory for Memphis fans, I guess.

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They hit Calipari in the pocketbook.

That must've been fun.

But why did these attorneys think it was wise to threaten to sue the school's most famous alum?

Because that's not wise.

That's just stupid.

Say what you want about Rose, but he's merely a pawn in this game, a product of the system, a kid most believe only played at Memphis because somebody else took his SAT, a kid I believe should've never been essentially forced to play college basketball in the first place. Let's be honest: Rose didn't belong at a university any more than I belong in the NBA, and I mean that in the most respectful of ways. He's a basketball player, plain and simple, and it was pretty clear for years before Rose ever enrolled at Memphis that he'd eventually make millions of dollars slashing to the rim.

And it was very clear in March 2010 when three attorneys threatened to sue him.

So, again, who thought it was wise to do that?

Rose, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, will make hundreds of millions of dollars in his career, and all Memphis had to do to benefit from that was stay on good terms with the Chicago Bulls point guard. Remember how Carmelo Anthony donated $3 million to Syracuse to help build a practice facility named in his honor? It's reasonable to think Rose, whose next contract will likely be worth more than he could ever spend, might've done something similar for Memphis someday. But why would he now? Why would he donate big money to Memphis after Martin Zummach, a past president of the Memphis alumni association, threatened to sue him during his second season in the NBA?

Answer: I have no idea.

So congratulations, Memphis attorneys/boosters.

You made your threats and got some money, and I suppose that's good on some level. But including Rose in all this was silly and shortsighted. Yes, I realize he's now obligated to "consider … making a suitable donation” to the Tiger Scholarship Fund sometime before 2015, according to the agreement he signed. But if I were Rose I'd consider it only for a second, then simply decide I'd rather not.
Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:07 am
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

wow.  I went to the U of M from 2003-2007 and enjoyed watching the tigers every year regardless of how they did but the 2007-2008 season was the most enjoyable for me bc of their success.  I think it's crazy for anyone to get Rose in the middle of this all he did was come to memphis and bring this team to within seconds of winning a national title.  Do this...if you're a memphis fan think of the happiness that season brough to you sports life and tell me if Rose wasn't the main reason for it...now you're going to push him away?  Give me a break, I don't care if he was here for 1 year or 4 he'll still always be a Memphis Tiger to me.  NCAA cleared him....imo and in my heart the Tigers were the still the National runner up....no it's not a champion but i enjoyed every min of that year except for 2 loses against UT and Kansas. 



Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

I laughed my ass off at that



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

UK fans get their panties all bundled up really easy. Just ignore the Memphis rejects




Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Parrish you tan is hideous. You look like Snooki



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Parrish no matter what you believe should be right or not, the rules are the rules.  Kids HAVE to play one year in college (or go to Europe).  "They" made Rose play!?  Get real!  

Whether you like the rules or not, they are the rules we have to abide by.  And Calipari has been one of the best at embracing those rules and exceling.     

And for a handful of moron Memphis attorney's to cry sour grapes and sue.  Well, you know what you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean.....a good start! 



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

I guess OJ and Casey Anthony didn't do anything wrong either.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Well, if the NCAA hasn't found anything after 17 years of a certain coach's career, then there most likely isn't anything. WE accept that....why can't fans of other programs????



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

I wonder who "donated" the hot dog buns at Bruce Pearl's BBQ??????
Bruce was a dumb-a$$ for lying, this has been established. Vol fans aren't delusional in thinking he "has never done anything wrong", like another fan base we wont mention.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

I wonder who "donated" the hot dog buns at Bruce Pearl's BBQ??????



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Memphians targeting D-Rose is dumb, shortsighted

Calipari also agreed to donate the bonus he received for taking Memphis to the title game of the 2008 NCAA Tournament back to the school's Tiger Scholarship Fund.
What a stand up guy? I love how they use the term "donate".  I believe "repay" is better. I wonder if Sallie Mae was in on the negotiations?


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