On Tuesday afternoon, Kentucky head coach John Calipari addressed Wildcats fans in an hour-long interview.
During the video segment, Calipari touched on a few subjects, ranging from the unexpected close of the season to how players are staying shape. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the conversation, though, had to do with Ashton Hagans.
Earlier this month, Hagans made headlines after he reportedly refused to check back into Kentucky’s upset loss to Tennessee. He missed what would be the team’s final game against Florida.
Coach Cal suggested Hagans needed some time to himself before coming back to the team. After the season ended abruptly, Calipari finally addressed the incident.
Here’s what he had to say, via Saturday Down South:
“Well, obviously he had to leave town like everyone else, so he and I have texted back and forth. Look, I love coaching competitors. Kids that get emotional sometimes, it doesn’t bother me because I get emotional. I don’t take it as disrespect, but when you’re talking about a young man who we all saw–’What is going on? Why are you playing this way? You went from one turnover a game to five for five straight games.’ And now he had to address that internally.
He and I talked. I mean, I love him.”
The 2019-20 season didn’t end the way Calipari and Hagans would have wanted.
However, it looks like they rekindled their relationship.
Now Hagans has a major decision to make about his basketball future.