Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 8:15 pm  |  16 responses

Report: D-Rose & Calipari Paid $100,000 to Avoid Lawsuit

Following the NCAA’s infractions against Memphis in 2009 for major violations, where the Tigers were ordered to vacate their 2007-08 season, which included 38 wins and an appearance in the national championship game — ultimately losing to Kansas in overtime, three lawyers representing season ticket holders threatened to sue then-Memphis coach John Calipari and player Derrick Rose. But reports are that they settled before it reached the courtroom. From The Commercial Appeal: “The University of Memphis’ disgraced 2007-08 basketball season prompted three local attorneys who claimed to represent unnamed season ticket holders to threaten a lawsuit against former coach John Calipari, former guard Derrick Rose and current athletic director R.C. Johnson before reaching a lucrative out-of-court settlement. Calipari and Rose, according to the settlement agreement obtained Thursday by The Commercial Appeal, agreed on May 28, 2010, to pay a total of $100,000 to the three attorneys — Martin Zummach, Frank L. Watson III and William Burns — who were representing, in the agreement’s words, “certain ticket holders.” The amount was to be disbursed “as they agree among themselves.” Calipari, who left Memphis after the 2008-09 season for the University of Kentucky, also agreed to donate his bonus to the U of M scholarship fund. The agreement approximated the value of the bonus at $232,000. Rose, who has starred the last three seasons for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, was also to “consider … making a suitable donation” to the scholarship fund sometime before 2015. The agreement said the unnamed season ticket holders believed that Calipari, Johnson and Rose were responsible for making their 2009-10 season tickets and future season tickets “potentially” worth less than they had anticipated.”

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  • Randy

    Not shocked with that snake of Calipari.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Well….I’ll be more than glad to have “that snake” coach my son someday.

  • http://zogs.com zogs

    can somone explain more simply wat tha f*ck this article is talkin bout

  • TruthHurts

    Co-sign Randy.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    “caught him down in memphis cheatin like calipari”

  • dma

    why is calipari still allowed to be involved with ncaa basketball?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Huh? I dont get it, they sued because theyre tickets werent worth as much. I dont get the logic in that, millions of people have cases then, let me get my lawyer on the phone.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    the title makes it seem so much more dodgy than it is; as if they paid them off in an underhand way instead of just settling outside of court.

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    JTaylor: Then your son will only be good under Calipari’s system and have to relearn basketball entirely once he gets out…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Jukai, so Reke, Rose, and JWall all had to “relearn” basketball once they got to the L?

  • jarrett

    PayPal Cal !!

  • PJ

    yeah, playing for Calapari would be great! you could get all your wins vacated, hurt your image, and have to pay $100,000 3 years after leaving him! where do I sign up?!?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    At what point was the Leagues youngest ever MVPs image hurt exactly? Rose is an incredibly marketable player.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • james

    some people take college basketball way too serious

  • the truth

    who cares they’re both millionares