Rick Pitino Freaks Out At Fan, Is Held Back During Heated Shouting Match


Feb 23, 2017

It’s been a contentious week for high-profile coaches in the Bluegrass State.

On Tuesday night, University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari heard it from Missouri fans in the form of “Cal, you suck” chants, flustering the coach and putting an end to his halftime interview on ESPN.

One night later, University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino kicked it up a notch, as he needed to be restrained from going after a fan at halftime in a game against North Carolina.

As Pitino exited the court at the Dean Dome, he quickly became irate, screaming and yelling at a fan on the baseline. Pitino looked ready to head into the crowd and throw hands, but staff members and security prevented him from escalating the situation even more.

It still made for quite a scene.

According to an in-game report from ESPN, a fan yelled “You suck” at Pitino, which apparently was enough to set off the head coach. North Carolina also ejected the fan.

Pitino addressed the spat in his postgame press conference. He claimed the fan in question was an adult, not a North Carolina student, and he called the fan a “coward.”

The confrontation wasn’t the worst part of the night for Pitino, however, as the Cardinals took a 74-63 loss to the Tar Heels.

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