John Calipari comments on Marshall County shooting


UK head coach John Calipari and his staff bow their heads during a moment of silence for the victims of the Marshall County high school shooting prior to the game against Mississippi State on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 78-65. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

Kernel Sports Staff

In his press conference after Tuesday’s 78-65 win over conference opponent Mississippi State, UK basketball head coach John Calipari was asked to comment on the shooting that took place at Marshall County High School earlier that morning.

2 dead, “multiple others” wounded in shooting at Marshall County High School

Calipari said the news came across the ticker on his television without the sound on, and that his first feeling was shock and nausea.

“And then they said – they made this statement,” Calipari said. “The parents were racing there to get to their children. Can you imagine that drive to that school not knowing if your child had been killed or not? I mean I just welled up, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ and I got children.”

The Hall of Fame coach then mentioned that he would pray at Mass for those affected, take Communion for them and light a candle for them.

Calipari then said that there was an issue that needed to be addressed in society.

“Is it a gun issue or is it a mental health issue, what the heck is it? It is something. We’ve all got to come together,” Calipari said.

He also said that the situation should be discussed among all people of the United States.

“We’ve got issues that we’ve got to deal with, and it’s not going to do them fighting each other, and ‘I win, you lose’,” Calipari said. “’Win win’! How about that one? ‘Win win’! Not ‘I win, you lose’. For all of us.”