John Calipari has issued a statement following Yahoo! Sports' bombshell report this morning. In it, current and former Kentucky players are listed as having potentially received extra benefits.
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde and Pete Thamel obtained documents from the ongoing FBI probe into the sport. The new report features expense sheets from former NBA agent Andy Miller and associate Christian Dawkins.
Dozens of former college players, many of whom are now on NBA rosters, received loans according to the sheet. Among them are two of Calipari's former UK players: Nerlens Noel and Bam Adebayo.
Current Wildcats star forward Kevin Knox also appears in the report. He or his family allegedly had dinner with Christian Dawkins.
Knox's father Kevin Knox Sr. denies that he and his son have ever met Miller or Dawkins. He denies any knowledge of the things detailed by Yahoo. From SEC Country:
“Obviously the investigation is still going on, but the only comment I can say is I’ve never met Christian Dawkins before or Andy Miller, and if they sat next to me at the grocery store, I wouldn’t know who they were,” Kevin Knox Sr. said. “Out of respect for the NCAA investigation and the University of Kentucky investigation into this, I’d just say that I’ve never met Christian Dawkins or Andy Miller before and leave it at that.”
Now, John Calipari is also denying a connection to the two men caught up in the FBI investigation.
Calipari and other Kentucky officials have released a statement about the report. From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates,” Calipari said. “Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.”
School president Eli Capilouto and athletic director Mitch Barnhart have also issued statements. From Capilouto, via WKYT's Lee K. Howard:
"As I said to our Board of Trustees this morning, we learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations. We began immediately to conduct our due diligence, and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth. I will keep you informed of any developments should they arise in this matter."
"We are aware of the report today by Yahoo! Sports. We have not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA, but since learning of the report, we have reached out to both the NCAA and out league office. We will be conducting an internal review. At this time, we have no further comment."
Knox's father says that he is not worried about his son being forced to sit out as this shakes out. John Calipari did not address the forward's status in his statement. Kentucky faces Missouri on Saturday night.