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):