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Rick Pitino gets hung up on by Boston radio station

Oct 3, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

Rick Pitino AP

Rick Pitino is doing the media rounds this week after releasing his new book called The One-Day Contract.

He’s one of the more fascinating characters in sports these days. After going through a humiliating, self-inflicted public lawsuit a couple of years back, one which nearly cost him his job and his family, Pitino has come back stronger than ever, leading Louisville to the 2013 National Title, getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, getting a horse into the Kentucky Derby, having a bottle of Maker’s Mark made in his honor and, to top it off, catching an 80 pound marlin.

He also did all this after a disastrous stretch with the Celtics back in the mid-90’s, which is probably why he decided to give an interview to a local sports talk station up in Beantown.

And, well, it didn’t exactly go well (you can listen to the entire interview here):

Host: We are joined by Rick Pitino, former coach of the Celtics, current coach of the Louisville Cardinals who won the national championship. Rick Pitino, hello!

Pitino: Morning, guys.

Host: You stink. You ruined the Celtics.

The host then immediately hung up the phone.


That’s not funny. It’s unprofessional. And while it may have gotten a laugh out of a couple of people in the studio with him, it certainly isn’t going to help other media members looking to get access to Pitino.

Folks like that radio host are why “the media” gets a bad name.

  1. mrlaloosh - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    What do expect from the losers in Boston.

  2. tigersfandan - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    “And while it may have gotten a laugh out of a couple of people in the studio with him, it certainly isn’t going to help other media members looking to get access to Pitino.”

    It also isn’t going to help that silly radio show get respectable guests.

    • deltacharlie422tango - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      money and free promotion gets you guests, not reputation. they’ve hung up on guests before and still get whoever they want to come on the show as long as the number is right. T&R are great. Give the city what they want.

      • Anoesis - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        What the city wants are rude assholes who can’t let go of the past? Got it.

  3. badge3832 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    So has he been fired yet?

  4. whitdog23 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    awesome! who wants to hear a book being promoted anyway?? pitino wouldn’t talk to bloggers like dauster….so no worry

  5. blackngold37 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Not only was the one of the funniest moments in sports radio history, but they did pitino a favor. He’s a laughing stock and crook in Boston regardless of his college rep and the fact that his agent insisted to this radio station that he come on to promote his book is great. They coulda kept him on for 20 mins pestering him about every mistake he made during his tenure here but they said screw u and ure book and made absolute radio gold in the process. No wonder they’re the #1 sports morning show in New England. And oh by the way, larry birds not walkin thru that dooah.

  6. bat42boy - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    What radio station and who was the host?

    • noternie - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Toucher and Rich, 98.5 The Sports Hub.

  7. petero94707 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Success is a choice.

    • ranoversquarells - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      So is premature ejaculation

  8. noternie - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    And I thought Rick Pitino took Rick Pitino too seriously. You folks need to lighten up and learn how to have a laugh.

    Pitino’s people should have known better than to book him on a Boston radio station. His reputation here is NOT GOOD.

  9. blenheimbard - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Had they asked him about his time in Boston, they might have had a different view of him as a person. In his own words, and his time in Boston:
    “You pick yourself up, you don’t blame anybody and you don’t point any fingers and you say ‘OK, what can you do better this time around?’ and that’s exactly what I did,” he said. “For about a couple of months, I blamed the Ping-Pong balls, I blamed it being on unlucky, I blamed it on everything but the truth.

    “The [fact of the] matter is I didn’t do a good enough job as an executive. It also taught me about wearing a lot of hats, focusing on what you can do. It was a class organization. They treated me great. I [had] nothing but great things to say about it when Brad [Stevens] got the job. It’s just that it didn’t work out for me, but it did work out for me because without the Celtics, I wouldn’t have learned all about failure and all about humility.”

    but then they did not bother, just take the cheap rude shot, which unfortunately probably is what Boston fans want, it does fit their public reputation. Oh and just for the record I am not a Louisville fan, .. I am a UK wildcat fan, and have my own bones to pick with Ricky P. LOL

  10. omanxl1 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:52 PM


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