More turmoil in the Bluegrass: John Calipari announces player will 'step away' from the team
Kentucky is off to a 1-5 start this basketball season, and there is increasing turmoil for coach John Calipari’s team.
The rough start includes a five-game losing streak for the first time since Calipari became coach in 2009 and the program is off to its worst start since the 1926-1927 season.
After what appeared to be visible frustration on the bench from freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher, who apologized for his actions on Twitter on Sunday, during the loss to North Carolina on Saturday. Fletcher appeared to be frustrated that he didn’t go back in the game with other starters.
He didn’t enter the game until there was 2:38 remaining, after starters Olivier Sarr, Isaiah Jackson and reserve forward Lance Ware had all fouled out, recording a steal and a foul in just two minutes of action against the Tar Heels, CatsPause reported.
Calipari released the following statement on Monday morning.
“We have asked Cam Fletcher to take some time and step away from the team. He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities in order. Any attitude or actions that are detrimental to this team will not be tolerated – and that goes for everyone on the team,” Calipari wrote. “We have a culture here that’s been built over the last 11 years AND IT WILL NOT CHANGE. Through good times and bad, this culture is meant to change individuals and change maturity levels. This hurts our team, but this is about Cam and his future. I talked to Cam and his mother and they know I care about him and I love him, but they also understand that there are changes that need to be made. It’s his job to decide whether he can perform within this culture both on and off the court.”
We have asked Cam Fletcher to take some time and step away from the team. He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities in order. Any attitude or actions that are detrimental to this team will not be tolerated – and that goes for everyone on the team.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) December 21, 2020
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— 21 (@CamRonFletcher1) December 20, 2020