Kentucky coach John Calipari asks freshman Cam'Ron Fletcher to 'step away' from team
Kentucky trainer John Calipari has asked a star recruit to retire from the program. (AP Photo / James Crisp)
Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Calipari responded to Cam'Ron Fletcher's emotional outburst on the bench by tweeting the news that the star newbie had been asked to retire from the team.
Calipari said Monday that the program had asked Fletcher to "take some time" and gather his priorities. Fletcher, a four-star recruit, was weeping at the end of the bench and comforted by the strength coach near the end of Saturday's 75:63 loss to North Carolina # 22 on Saturday.
Kentucky lost five games. At 1-5, the Wildcats got their worst start since the 1926-27 season.
Calipari asks Fletcher to withdraw from the program
Calipari, the 12th year Kentucky coach, said in a series of tweets that Fletcher "needs to think and seek a soul to set his priorities" and that Kentucky culture "doesn't change."
Fletcher played two minutes in defeat and averaged 8.7 minutes of play time per competition. After about three minutes to play, he was seen crying on the CBS show on the corner of the bank area. A few minutes later, Terrence Clarke ends up "Cam left?" with obvious surprise on the face.
Clarke also appears upset and comforted by the footage decoded by Kentucky Sports Radio. Calipari was caught shaking his head in dismay.
Fletcher apologized for the outbreak
Calipari said after the loss in North Carolina that Fletcher apologized for his emotional actions, calling it "immaturity". Fletcher later took to Twitter to apologize directly to fans.
"I was frustrated and let my feelings get the best out of me," he wrote. “I always have the feeling that I can help the team. I'm a team player and it hurts to see my team have problems. Because of this, I was frustrated and my emotions were peaking. "
Fletcher wasn't the only player who was in a bad mood on Saturday. Nobody wanted to speak to the media, so Keion Brooks was injured in his sophomore year, according to The Athletic. The program has a history of dissatisfied players in recent seasons.
Kentucky is back on the field against Louisville on Saturday. The Wildcats begin the SEC game against South Carolina next week.
Fletcher praised Calipari's honesty in recruiting
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward signed to play in Kentucky over Missouri. It ranked in the top 40 by ranking websites. Upon signing his letter of intent, he commended the program and calipari for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"From the beginning of the recruiting process (Calipari) told me the truth," Fletcher said. “He told me as a newbie that nothing would be easy. I liked that."
He also mentioned to Post-Dispatch that he might be leaving school after a season to join the NBA. Fletcher is 6-for-11 off the field, including 1-for-4 from the 3-point range, with 13 rebounds, three assists and two turnovers. His five steals are on the Wildcats roster behind two players with seven each in third place.
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