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Ex-Star: Ky. Discouraged Interracial Dating
The Washington Times ^ | 5-17-05 | AP

Posted on 05/17/2005 10:55:49 AM PDT by JZelle

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Former University of Kentucky basketball star Rex Chapman says school officials tried to stop him from dating black women, and asked him to at least hide the relationships to keep from inflaming fans.

"There were certain aspects of my time there that were really ugly," Chapman, who is white, said in a story published by The Courier-Journal on Monday. "I don't know how it is today, but that's how it was 20 years ago."

Chapman said scrutiny of his private life by athletic department officials, boosters and others hastened his departure from Kentucky. He left after two seasons and entered the NBA draft in 1988.

"People were bothered by the fact that sometimes I dated black girls" he told the newspaper. "Most preferred that I keep it confidential and hide it." He said he wouldn't name names, but was talked to about it "at least a half-dozen times or more."

(Excerpt) Read more at ap.washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: interracial; ncaabasketball; racism; rexchapman; universitykentucky
Shaq won the MVP only twice in his career. Why does it have to be racism now?
1 posted on 05/17/2005 10:55:49 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: JZelle

What does Shaq have to do with Kentucky?


2 posted on 05/17/2005 10:58:43 AM PDT by Borges
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To: JZelle
Rex Chapman was always unhappy at UK. I don't doubt that a few eyebrows were raised when/if he dated someone of another race. That would be naive to believe that those things never occur. I don't know, however, that I believe officials told Chapman not to date inter racially. Believe it or not, as crazy as we Wildcat fans can be, we usually don't follow the dating/social lives of our players until it gets them in trouble. Sounds like Chapman has sour grapes with someone, especially to wait this long to begin complaining.
3 posted on 05/17/2005 11:01:28 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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To: Borges

Hey..a few years earlier than this, in the NCAA final, the Texan Western team treated the entire UK basketball team like their "bitches"..


4 posted on 05/17/2005 11:02:16 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have kids ASAP to pass on her gene pool..any volunteers?)
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To: JZelle

I would think K-Y would encourage interracial dating.

(Oh....Kentucky. Nevermind.)


5 posted on 05/17/2005 11:02:46 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: JZelle

I didn't know KY jelly discouraged any kind of dating.


6 posted on 05/17/2005 11:03:21 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Newsweek Lied! People Died!)
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To: Borges
Well, since you asked. . . .nothing really. Shaq played in the SEC with UK in college...but that is about it.

Other than. . .
I will show my true blue colors here. When Shaq was a sophomore at LSU, UK played LSU at LSU and Shaq elbowed a UK player in the face (Dale Brown) and the refs called a technical foul on Dale Brown. UK went on to win, but I still hold a grudge. ;)
7 posted on 05/17/2005 11:04:00 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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To: JZelle

It's time for Chapman to sober up from his decades-long drunk. GEEZ.


8 posted on 05/17/2005 11:04:12 AM PDT by BlackjackPershing
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To: JZelle

I think that the author realized that he/she had written an article about racism negatively effecting a white guy (to the point that he needed to move to another state), and had to do something to steer it back to where it was about a black guy losing something. Just more PC junk.


9 posted on 05/17/2005 11:06:11 AM PDT by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
"I didn't know KY jelly discouraged any kind of dating."

That's not true - how do you think they feel about two people who both strongly oppose sex before marriage dating each other? :)
10 posted on 05/17/2005 11:07:42 AM PDT by NJ_gent (Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.)
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To: JZelle

I don't see what the problem is. If Chapman wants to date black women, let him, since black guys won't.


11 posted on 05/17/2005 11:08:08 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful Or Fatal If Swallowed)
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To: JZelle

No surprises here, I mean what with the stance of black women so very vocal when their men date white women. Of course, that is not racism... it can't be.


12 posted on 05/17/2005 11:11:12 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: NJ_gent
how do you think they feel about two people who both strongly oppose sex before marriage dating each other?

"We'll get 'em eventually."

13 posted on 05/17/2005 11:13:51 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Newsweek Lied! People Died!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
A nurse walks into a patients room..early one morning and ask's the patient what she wants for breakfast.

The patient replies: "I'll have bacon and eggs...and two pieces of toast with some of that Kentucky jelly."

the nurse says, "Okay...bacon and eggs, toast...but we don't have any Kentucky jelly. What is that?"

The patient explains...."Sure you do...I got it yesterday with my toast. It said, KY jelly right on the little container".

14 posted on 05/17/2005 11:16:11 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Don't steal, the government hates competition)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
Shaq played in the SEC with UK in college...but that is about it.

Shaq played at LSU.... two seasons.

15 posted on 05/17/2005 11:21:10 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: AbeKrieger

Why do you think O.J. really got off the hook?


16 posted on 05/17/2005 11:21:30 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Rummyfan

I meant to say played at LSU, which is in the SEC with UK. Thanks.


17 posted on 05/17/2005 11:35:21 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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To: Rummyfan

Don't know why it didn't post what I wrote.
I said, "I meant to say Shaq played at LSU, which is in the SEC with UK."
Thanks for the correction!


18 posted on 05/17/2005 11:36:35 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

No problem!


19 posted on 05/17/2005 11:48:47 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: JZelle
And, this is coming up over the NBA MVP voting? What? This is coming up because there is grumbling about the selection of Steve Nash over Shaq for the MVP?

Look, I'm a Miami Heat fan, I'm very excited that Shaq is playing for Miami and despite his injuries is leading his team into the Playoffs, hopefully the Championship.

But, an MVP is "most valuable player" and is typically defined by the player who does the most for his team, or is "most valuable" to his team.

The MVP voting this year is fairly simple. When Steve Nash played for Phoenix, they won; when he didn't play, they lost. Moreso than any other player in the league, Nash was the most valuable member of his team. Shaq was (not much, but) less so. Period. End of story.

The emergence of Heat guard Dwayne Wade and the possibility of him being considered MVP in his own right, may have diluted how important Shaq has been for the Heat. I have no doubt that Shaq has helped the Heat get to where they are today. And I also have no doubt that Shaq was THE HUGE reason why Dwayne Wade became a star this year (just look at Kobe once Shaq left...not near as good).

But, that's how things work sometimes.

But, when he didn't play, his team still won some games. Nash's team was much less successful without his presence.

So, Rex Chapman --director of basketball for the Phoenix Suns-- is defending the choice of Steve Nash (a white dude who plays for the same Phoenix Suns) over Shaq (a black dude who plays for a different team) by saying there was overt (or covert) racism at the University of Kentucky 20 years ago?

Huh? I'm not sure what's more baffling...the fact that Rex Chapman is talking about who he dated 15-20 years ago or the fact that he is only fueling the grumbling of one of his own players?

Doesn't seem that Rex Chapman is the sharpest knife in the drawer, that's for sure.

20 posted on 05/17/2005 11:50:12 AM PDT by mattdono ("Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags" -Big Arnie)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Rex Chapman left because Kentucky was about to go on probation and not even be on TV for a year. I remember it well, was at UK myself at that time and in horrible mourning over it! Couldn't blame him for leaving, seemed the sensible thing to do for his career. People seemed to segregate themselves on campus back then, something that bothered me as a student. But I am getting old, this was a long time ago to go after my Alma Mater now. Of course Kentucky is considered one of those evil red states and therefore socially dispicable. One thing for certain on any college campus, you will always find some idiots.


21 posted on 05/17/2005 11:51:21 AM PDT by Hillwoman
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To: Borges

If you read the whole article, Chapman said he thought racism may have played a part in Nash winning the MVP over Shaq this year.


22 posted on 05/17/2005 11:52:53 AM PDT by JZelle
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Gotcha. I remember Chapman when he was on Miami sinking like 12 3 pointers in a game against the Chicago Bulls when they won 72 games. It was one of their 10 losses that year.
23 posted on 05/17/2005 11:59:36 AM PDT by Borges
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To: massgopguy
Why do you think O.J. really got off the hook?

because he killed a white woman who was dating a black guy? ;)

24 posted on 05/17/2005 12:33:30 PM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: Hillwoman

Chapman never seemed happy to be at UK, even before the probation. (Thanks a lot Eddie Sutton) As far as a career choice, I don't blame him. I don't know much about the race relations on campus when Chapman was there, but to a certain extent I think people will always segregate themselves, right or wrong. There are idiots on every campus, but Chapman's comments just strike me as someone having sour grapes. Why else bring it up now?


25 posted on 05/17/2005 1:30:27 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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