Let’s not forget that Calipari makes $9.2 million a years as college basketball’s highest-paid coach. His players work for free.

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“It’s a lot of stuff that goes on every day that we knelt for,” said Kentucky forward Keion Brooks after the team knelt. “The Capitol — that stuff —had a part to play in it, but there are some other things we don’t see that go on every day that are unacceptable, that we want to take a stand against.”

And some of those other things reared their ugly heads after the game against Florida. A sheriff in a small Kentucky town went on social media to light Kentucky gear on fire and demand that the university “get a real man to lead the cats and a real team.”

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Every single member of one southern Kentucky county Fiscal Court signed a resolution calling for the state of Kentucky to defund the institution after the players’ protest. Knox county Judge Executive Mike Mitchell explained his reasoning for the resolution to the Times-Tribune.

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“The University of Kentucky receives millions and millions of dollars every year of hardworking Kentucky taxpayers’ money,” said Mitchell. “I think they need to be held accountable for their actions if they can’t manage it no better than that.”

Mitchell said this as if Black people and others who disagree with him don’t pay those same taxes. These individuals are likely more upset with a young Black man exercising his rights than they are with a group of domestic terrorists endangering government employees at the nation’s Capitol. This is the reason why these players knelt in the first place.

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If this Kentucky team weren’t 4-7 on the season, would people still be this upset by their actions? Would Calipari? Would he stay behind this team if they were undefeated and ranked top-five in the country? If I’m a Kentucky player, and I hear those comments made by my head coach, I would be looking at him sideways. Not only did he criticize our protest, but now he’s telling us what we should be feeling and communicating to the public when we are the ones being discriminated against.

If Calipari isn’t careful he could be treading into dangerous territory with his players. He missed the mark with comments and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of his players aren’t too happy about it.