Friday, November 11, 2011

Calipari Issues Statement on Wreck Involving Jones, Poole


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has issued a statement on CoachCal.com about a wreck involving UK players Terrence Jones and Stacey Poole.

Calipari is thankful that no injuries occurred but says he will now enforce a curfew for his team and will likely hand out additional punishment internally.

Here is Calipari's statement:

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Stacey Poole and Terrence Jones were involved in a car accident at the corner of Euclid Avenue and High Street. They were struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver of the oncoming vehicle has been charged by police with driving under the influence.

The occupants of the victims’ vehicle were not charged with any wrongdoing. No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found.

Poole and the driver of the victims’ vehicle were questioned at the scene and taken to the emergency room by ambulance. In fear of an altercation with the driver of the oncoming vehicle, Jones left the scene but was later questioned by police. He arrived at the hospital following questioning and was treated with minor injuries. Both players have since been released from the hospital.

I’m happy to report that nobody in the car was injured. First and foremost, their safety was my biggest concern.

Our players did not break any rules by being out last night. As of yesterday, this team did not have a curfew and our normal procedure is to begin the season without one. I usually let the actions of my team determine a curfew. However, because of the actions of a select few, this team has showed me an inability to make proper judgment and decisions that they’ve been given the freedom to make.

Therefore, going forward, this team will now have a curfew for the rest of the season. I will inform the team of a time later today.

We hold our players to a higher standard at Kentucky. They must learn that they’ve been placed in a leadership role and that every action defines this team, this state and its fans. As always, any additional punishment will be handled within the team.


Source: CoachCal.com

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