Calipari: “There’s no disrespect in any way (toward Kansas State).”

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


After Kentucky lost 61-58 to Kansas State in Atlanta Sunday to end its season, the UK players and coaches left the court while K-State celebrated reaching the Elite Eight.

Nothing wrong with what either team did. However, some Kansas State players thought UK players “disrespected” them by not shaking hands.

Well, I went down to shake their hands, too, and they were turned and celebrating so that I walked off,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “I had no disrespect for anything, just that they were celebrating and I was happy for them.

“I walked off, too. But I went down, I shook all the coaches’ hands, I went down to shake their hands — which I understood. They’re in an Elite 8 game now, a chance to go to the Final Four.

“My team is not like that, neither is our program. There’s no disrespect in any way. They beat us. They deserved to win the game.”

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