John Calipari believes Confederate flag should come down

A recent trend of asking college coaches in the South for their opinions on the confederate flag has been catching everyone’s attention.

Most recently, Jerry Tipton from Kentucky.com asked Kentucky’s basketball coach John Calipari if the flag should be taken down, Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the exchange.

Calipari: “Really? Um, obviously it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That’s how I feel.”

Jerry: “You would support taking them down?”

Calipari: “Sure. They offend, and I would say do it. But, again, does our state use the Confederate flag, Jerry?”

Jerry: “Well, there’s statue of a confederate general at the old courthouse in Lexington and a statue of Jefferson Davis at the capital in Frankfort.”

Calipari: “Wow. [pause] Since I’m not running for public office, I’ll let the powers that be decide those matters. I was thinking about running for President and I was discouraged from that.”

Jerry: “Thank you.”

Later, Calipari took to Twitter to clarify his opinions and beliefs.

He alongside, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and Frank Martin, agreed that the government has no room for the confederate flag in recent and changing times and should be removed.

Was just asked a question on a bball conference call about the confederate flag. I don’t want any confusion. I think we should take it down!

— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 29, 2015

I don’t think there’s any question it should be taken down, but again, I’m not running for office.

— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 29, 2015

This ongoing debate that has lasted decades, again have been on the chopping block since the tragic shooting at a South Carolina church in Charleston on June 17.

The confederate flag has been a symbol to some in southern states since the civil war. For some, it’s merely a tradition and others see it as a reminder of a much darker history in America.

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