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The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: November 11, 2011 11:23 am
 
By Gary Parrish

John Calipari has long preached that "nothing good happens after midnight."

I disagree.

Because some of the very best things that ever happened to me happened well after midnight, and I wouldn't trade those memories for all the Final Fours in the world. That said, I do recognize the point the Kentucky coach is always trying to make, and I'll bet you five bucks Calipari repeats that motto at least 47 times between now and when the Wildcats open the season tonight against Marist.

Yes, UK opens tonight.

And yet Terrence Jones -- the preseason SEC Player of the Year -- was out and about in Lexington at 2:30 this morning, which is around the time he was, along with teammate Stacey Poole, involved in a traffic accident that sent both to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. To be clear, there's no indication Jones and Poole were at fault; they were apparently hit by an intoxicated driver operating on the wrong side of the road. Calipari posted on his website that no evidence of drugs or alcohol were found on Jones or Poole (or in their vehicle). So it appears this is simply a case of two people being at the wrong place at the wrong time -- although Jones needs to explain why he left the scene of the accident because the only public explanation given to date doesn't make much sense to the rational (and unbiased) mind.

Calipari said Jones left the scene out of "fear of an altercation with the driver of the oncoming vehicle," but who does that? Seriously, who has ever done that? Have you ever done that? I know I've never done that. I can't tell you I've never had friends or heard about people leaving the scene of an early morning accident, but they've always had a reason to do it, and their reasons are usually along the same lines. Never once heard about somebody leaving the scene -- and leaving a friend, much less a teammate -- out of fear of an altercation, especially when that somebody is 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. But I guess there's a first time for everything. Perhaps this is that first time. Perhaps.

Either way, what was Terrence Jones thinking?

Not about leaving the scene.

About being out so late the night before the season-opener.

When literally the only thing anybody questions about you as a basketball player is your ability to be mature and lead, it seems like you'd want to start eliminating those questions heading into your sophomore season, and being out in the middle of the night less than 24 hours before the opener doesn't do that. It only validates the questions and makes things worse. Jones, simply put, has to be smarter.

I still think he's a terrific talent.

I still think he'll be an All-American.

But popping around town at 2:30 a.m. the night before a game with a guy who is reportedly close to leaving the program can't possibly be a good sign, and it's a helluva way to start what could be a helluva season. Nothing good happens after midnight? Again, I disagree. But if I were a basketball coach, I'd probably say that a bunch, too.
Comments

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:49 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

@TigerFrank75 The Field Memphis does not exist. Why lie?



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:32 am
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night


Jealous of what??? If someone were going to be jealous I would think that they would be jealous of someone that has accomplished  something, or won something, like a national championship. There are plenty of coaches that have won national championships and Cal isn't one of them. The dude is what, 53 years old? It's not like he's new to coaching either. I'd like to leave you with one thought...but I'm not sure you have anywhere to put it.


Still have a hard on,heh.  Oh well grow up and maybe you will get out of the doghouse.

Mad at the world.  Go for it buddy.  Just the same score as your reputation: 0



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:12 am
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Jealous of what??? If someone were going to be jealous I would think that they would be jealous of someone that has accomplished  something, or won something, like a national championship. There are plenty of coaches that have won national championships and Cal isn't one of them. The dude is what, 53 years old? It's not like he's new to coaching either. I'd like to leave you with one thought...but I'm not sure you have anywhere to put it.






Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:47 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Words already out? Show me the toxicology reports sayin he was drunk and ill believe it."The word is out" please.......



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:43 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

People need to quit cryin and get over it.Im mean my gosh he's a 19 year old KID who was out past midnight.Woopdey freakin DOOO!!!He had no drugs or alcohol in his system and wasnt at fault.He had a game at 6pm the following night i mean give me a break these guys take naps during the day its not like he had a game around lunch or something.Glad TJ's ok but my fellow Uk fans and everyone else need to give him a break and thank God the kids not seriously hurt or worse.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:05 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

The Field was owned by Cal, John Daly and Mike Miller. It was on the far end of Beale next to the New Daisy. It closed around 07-08.
I played there multiple times when it was open. Believe me, if I had any proof of him being up to no good I would have let the world know the day after he bolted for UK with our recruits. He is a liar, a cheat and a sneak. As for the UK fans that want to blindly defend him, look at his track record at the universities that he has been head coach. All he leaves behind are vacated wins and NCAA penalties. It may be fun to win while it lasts but the aftermath isn't worth it! 



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:42 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Coach Cal is a crook and a ignorant, idiotic, lying sack of dog poo.  So no wonder his players are our at 2a before a big game, more than likely boozing it up....no wonder one left the scene of an accident, he probably called Coach Cal and Coach Cal told him to bolt.  Anything Cal says is bs and its only fitting he is the coach of a college program that has HISTORICALLY been in tons of trouble, caught cheating and is downright dirty.  Apple doesnt fall far from the UK tree.
Sounds like a little jealously to me.  Probably was kicked out of the house by his wife or girl friend.  Now he wants to take it out on the whole earth. 



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:57 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I am a UK fan and I must say that I am extremely disappointed with TJ. How stupid can this kid be to be out that late? He just made the cover of Sports Illustrated (regionally) and mentioned how proud he was to represent UK, and then he goes and does this. Are u freakin kiddin me!!! Just gives all the haters more reason to diss on UK.
He should definitely not be allowed to play tonight, just for being out so late. He should be suspended for multiple games. I am pissed.
This is our preseason ALL American? His behavior should not be tolerated




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:23 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Words already out in lexington, Jones left the scene not to avoid altercation but because he was drinking and didnt want to get busted.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:38 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I live in Memphis and go downtown.  I have never heard of a club called "the Field".  Coach Cal is not a favorite person since he left Memphis the way he did, but there is no sense in making stuff up.  From his time here he did things for the community, and he was a family man.  This kind of lies just makes Memphis fans look small, and most of us are not that way so knock it off. "

-I too am from Memphis and sold instruments to working musicians for 10+ years. I've been trying to figure out what in the hell The Field is for close to an hour. Glad I'm not the only one.


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