Kentucky's John Calipari gets in heated exchange with reporter

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald Leader makes some notes before Thursday's Kentucky basketball media day

Kentucky head coach John Calipari got a dose of that reality during the Wildcats' media day on Thursday.

I understand why Calipari wants to avoid any type of questioning about the FBI investigation, as the college basketball season is quickly approaching and any type of distraction could be absolutely devastating to the mentality of a young team.

Though Calipari conceded to let Tipton ask his question, he didn't answer it. Calipari snapped back and said, "We don't even know if what you're saying is true".

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Calipari: Well again, you're acting like you know something that I don't know. "Obviously what happened to this point isn't good".

Tipton: "Wait a minute".

"This is a media day, not coach day", Tipton shouted.

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"I'm just happy I'm not involved in it, or anything here at Kentucky", forward Wenyen Gabriel said when asked what he thinks of the investigation.

Then Tipton got the mic, and Calipari would go on to say neither he nor the school has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI reportedly has expanded into looking at Nike. "What reassurance would you give your fanbase, the Big Blue Nation, if they're anxious about what this could mean". "I have no comment". Other than confirming the NCAA has yet to contact Kentucky, Calipari said the situation was unpredictable and grew defensive when the media kept asking for the answers he didn't have.

After several questions of a similar nature, Calipari began trying to wave off questions on that subject to transition to this year's basketball team.

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While some United Kingdom fans bristled at the exchange on Twitter, Tipton, a U.S. College Basketball Writers Hall of Fame member, was praised by journalists and others for sticking to a topic at the forefront of the sport, especially with the investigation implicating a number of coaches at other programs.

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