After Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made waves by saying that he would graduate from Kentucky and was not leaving after this year. First off, the reporter really did not need to be asking about the NBA decisions in February, but MKG’s answer sent shockwaves across the BBN and was a feel good story. Granted, most Kentucky fans realize that it was likely a spur of the moment comment by MKG and are not going to try to hold him to it like a contract. With all the talk of “one and dones”. it was a good story that one of Kentucky’s beloved freshmen was at least, considering staying in Lexington. It was a good moment until …
GoodmanCBS Heard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he’s coming back for another year. Who knows. He’ll likely do whatever Worldwide Wes tells him to do.
GoodmanCBS Kentucky fans: You will NOT find a bigger Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fan, but if you don’t think World Wide Wes will impact decision, naive.
GoodmanCBS Still trying to figure out what’s wrong with my tweet saying World Wide Wes could/will make decision for MKG. Last I checked he was “uncle”.
CBS Sports writer Jeff Goodman spoiled the moment by being a drama queen (typical for Goodman) and trying to drag the classic boogeyman World Wide Wes into the story. I’m not going to try to speak for Goodman, but his MO is classic. He lives to antagonize Kentucky fans and he knew that he was going to cause drama by bringing WWW into the mix. What he did not expect was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s mom firing back on Twitter. She fired back on twitter this missive at Goodman:
@GoodmanCBS The fact is Michael has parents that make decisions for him. I know because I’m his mother.
After that tweet seemingly broke a record for retweets, MKG’s mom continued the attack a short time later:
Under full attack now, Goodman finally tweeted out an apology at night:
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as I’ve said, 1 of my all-time favorite kids. Apologize if I hurt his feelings w/my comments about WWW. Not intent.
That over now, it’s great that MKG’s mom stood up to Goodman. Goodman has been taking his thinly veiled potshots at Calipari and the “World Wide Wes” angle ever since Calipari arrived in LExington and it was past time that he was publicly rebuked. The fact that Goodman apologized shows he knows he went way over the line. He would not have made such comments about any other team’s players other than Calipari in the same situation. You would hope this would teach him humility, but don’t count on it.
In case you are wondering, here is what the mens SEC Tournament bracket would look like now if the tournament was held today.
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