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Calipari ever gets in his public comments

in BMI-Ranking 07.08.2019 05:51
von elvafeng • 4 Beiträge

For a coach that goes out of his way to avoid publicly discussing his own political views, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari manages to find himself connected to a lot of politicians.

Now he has a personal tie to the United Nations after the Senate confirmed former University of Kentucky Board of Trustees member and prominent UK athletics booster Kelly Knight Craft as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Wednesday. The confirmation came despite concerns from Democrats about her inexperience and history as a donor to Republican political candidates.

Craft is the first major political donor to occupy the post for an administration of either party, but Calipari, a registered independent, issued his own vote of confidence after the confirmation.

I had the chance to congratulate the new U.S. Ambassador to the UN, USAmbCanada, personally in my office today, Calipari tweeted Wednesday. She s up for the challenge of the new role and I wish her the best.
UK football coach Mark Stoops, who also generally avoids public political statements, also tweeted his support for Craft Wednesday.

Craft and her husband Joe Craft, the president and CEO of coal company Alliance Resources, are among the most prominent financial backers of the UK athletics program. Both the basketball and football training centers on campus are named for Joe Craft, who also headed the fundraising for the men s basketball players dorm https://www.kentuckywildcatscenter.com/dillon-pulliam-jersey-c-13.html, the Wildcat Coal Lodge.

Calipari traveled to Washington, D.C., to support Craft when she was sworn in as the U.S. ambassador to Canada in July 2017. While there https://www.kentuckywildcatscenter.com/brad-calipari-jersey-c-11.html, he posed for photos with Kentucky s Republican Congressional delegation.
Calipari has not shied away from brushing shoulders with Democratic politicians either, despite Kentucky s status as a predominantly red state.

In 2012, he and his players posed for a picture with former President Bill Clinton. Last year https://www.kentuckywildcatscenter.com/dominique-hawkins-jersey-c-12.html, he welcomed former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry to practice. He sent President Barack Obama a UK jersey in 2009.
Considering the state s political leanings, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Calipari s visits with Democratic politicians have frequently led to criticism from fans.

Anyone who has given to this country his entire life — from the Navy to our government — to make our country better, I respect, Calipari tweeted after some fans took issue with Kerry s visit to practice. Party is irrelevant to me and I’m glad my team got to meet John Kerry today.


The Facebook comments on Calipari s Wednesday post about Craft were generally more supportive.

Calipari has discussed political issues with his players but says he goes out of his way to make sure his own views don t influence the discussion.
Also Kyle Macy s blistering comments on John Calipari and Kentucky basketball

We had a discussion about far right, far left, how these kids are going to be affected by both, Calipari said before his team s Election Day game last fall. ... I talked about some of my beliefs that may not coincide with what you all think or what the Catholic church thinks, that I’m a part of. But I told them this is me . Now, Sacha Killeya-Jones Jersey you may feel different. Whoever your candidate is, does he agree? He doesn’t have to agree on every point. If you want that, then you run.

That s about as political as Calipari ever gets in his public comments. Apparently his friendship with Craft is enough to break his usual rule though.

Social hour
There were no punches thrown between the Reds and Pirates Wednesday, but there was this excellent catch by relief pitcher/outfielder Michael Lorenzen. Yes, he s a pitcher.

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