You may remember that Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was reported to have had a little bit of trouble during a trip to Cincinnati during December. As embarrassing as that incident was, Kennedy may have been able to live it down in the college sports-crazed South if he could have just stayed out of the news. His Rebels have stumbled their way to a 12-9 record overall (3-4 in the SEC) and even managed to pull off a huge win over Kentucky.
However, Kennedy has continued to stay in the news with several more incidents related to the original case:
- First, Kennedy filed a counter-suit against the Cincinnati cab driver. This seems like an entirely reasonable defense strategy even if I hate that it is used so much.
- In a related ridiculous, but not unexpected, decision, Kennedy’s trial was postponed until after the Rebels’ season ends. Seriously, is there any other vocation where people can have the legal system bent so much just to suit their personal schedule? Jack Bauer doesn’t even get this kind of leeway.
- Then, Kennedy’s wife filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati cab driver claiming that the case was affecting her husband’s sex drive causing her considerable distress (outside of the fact that she is living in Oxford, Mississippi).
- Finally, yesterday the police video immediately following the original incident surfaced. Let’s just say it’s not Kennedy’s finest moment.
While this isn’t quite the comedy goldmine that Mike Cooper and Carl Monday produced (quite possibly the finest moment in Ohio history), it has some moments that will follow Kennedy into opposing arenas for the rest of his career.
I’m here for the Big East/SEC challenge. I’m playing Louisville and Rick Pitino tomorrow. I was the UC head coach. I am going to be on national television. If I’m not standing there at 9 p.m. tomorrow, this is an international altercation.
While that itself is enough to make the video worth a watch, the officer’s response to Kennedy’s pleas for lenience because of his “celebrity” makes him worth of commendation.
You think we’ve never arrested somebody that’s made national media? We deal with the Bengals all the time.
Well done, sir. Well done.