Voice mail: Calipari and Obama

John Calipari thought he was pulling another feel-good, positive public relations move for his program when he sent a Kentucky basketball jersey to President Barack Obama and posted the picture on his website — http://www.CoachCal.com — and posted the update to his Facebook page.

Within hours, he got messages on his Facebook page that were so spiteful that he took the posting down, and replaced it with this messgae: “Folks — I think everyone is missing my intention of sending a jersey to the President. There was NOTHING political about it — it was simply a way of spreading the word of Big Blue Nation into the White House! I apologize if I offended anyone — that was not my intention. I know politics and sports don’t mix, but a friend offered to give [Calipari’s recently released book] Bounce Back to the President and we figured we could send along a jersey as well.”

Hard to see the harm in it, but it touched off a firestorm.

Want a sample? Here’s a voice mail I got from an anoynymous caller right after the story broke, (click the link below):

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20 thoughts on “Voice mail: Calipari and Obama

  1. Please ask the moron if I can have his tickets now that he doesn't need them?I am a "liberal" and would have love to see him give Bush a jersey. Who cares??

  2. Wow. Do UK fans still wonder why their fan base has such a stigma? I'm sure President Obama will thank all the negative UK fans by using that jersey as toilet paper backup on Air Force One.

  3. You know what, I see this as just about as ridiculous as asking that your child not be allowed to watch an address from the President at school. I mean people come on….REALLY! It's the freakin' President, who cares what political party or color or shoe size he has. Geez! Lighten up!

  4. Certainly it was a good piece of PR. And if he's big enough to send the jersey and proudly post the doing so on his blog, he should be big enough to leave the post up. Typical Calipari, he fondly tosses the little problem into the lap of friend sending the book, now it's a we thing.

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