Archive for Thursday, October 1, 2009

Giddens reacts to fight

October 1, 2009


— News of last week’s disputes between football players and basketball players at Kansas University struck a chord with second-year Boston Celtics guard J.R. Giddens, who was stabbed in the calf after getting mixed up in an early-morning fight outside a Lawrence bar his sophomore year at KU.

“When you’re at a university and you’re a young kid, obviously you’re going to make some mistakes,’’ Giddens told the Boston Globe. “And I’m a person that’s made my own mistakes. So hopefully they learn from that and they make better decisions next time.”

Giddens was on crutches for weeks, and eventually he came to an agreement with coach Bill Self to transfer to New Mexico.

“I learned there’s a way that you should and shouldn’t act,” Giddens said. “That could have been the end of my career. So it kind of made me want to be wise about the decisions I made.”


OutlawJHawk 8 years, 8 months ago

JR really got a bad rap. His one mistake should not have cost him his relationship with KU, KU basketball, and its fans. His statements regarding the incident have been mature and sincere. I for one am glad he has a spot in the NBA and that he was able to have a better college experience in New Mexico.

jeffds01 8 years, 8 months ago

outlawjhawk - i totally agree, i've always backed up JR, when people trash talk him, he was good athlete, who ran into one stump in the road, that some fans took way too far. Happy his is getting his chance in the NBA, he is a pure shooter, and a high flyer.

Jim Williamson 8 years, 8 months ago

Two things:

1) Anyone who thinks JR's incident is a blip on the radar screen is either naive or delusional. It was the most severe, but it was the culmination of many, many problems.

2) David Padgett is a good kid and a nice player. However, look up "tool" in the dictionary and you'll find Pete Padgett's photo.

John Brown 8 years, 8 months ago

I am glad that JR is getting a second chance and new start in the NBA. Kids are kids and they make mistakes. JR is not the first or only Jayhawk to get into some kind of trouble. Chalmers and Shady were not to bright at the rookie camp, Taylor was not acting too bright getting into a fight with the football players. I respect JR for his thoughtful remarks and wish him the best in the future.

Hills_KU2007 8 years, 8 months ago

Giddens ego was his problem. Fans booed him on the court in Allen Fieldhouse and that does not happen. Although I hope he does well in the NBA and hope his ego problems are behind him, Giddens deserved everything he received while he was here, including getting his rear end kicked. Mistakes do happen but at some point you have to figure out how to learn from them. FTR...Giddens got beat up by some football team members while he was here because of his ego...let this be a lesson well learned Mr. Tyshawn Taylor.

devilsrighthandman 8 years, 8 months ago

Cheneworthless was the most disappointing Jayhawk career. A 7 footer that could not dunk or shoot beyond 5 feet.

puddleglum 8 years, 8 months ago

whoa whoa! has everyone forgot (already) about the dude that threw his mistress out of his room after dragging her outta bed by her hair? oh, and he knocked up young girl at local high school? went to back to the north-west and failed again? he had a shot, that's no joke. just goes to show that ability isn't everything. c. j. smiles? something like that.

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