Ahh… Florida. The sunshine, the beautiful women, South Beach, the Redneck Riviera, Katherine Harris’ rack, hanging chads and Tony Montana, not to mention the gargantuan cockroaches palmetto bugs running around everywhere. You gotta love this state. It also appears to be a burgeoning mecca for collegiate ballplayers who like to taste the sweet sensations that only a matched A/K on the river can provide. Yes, Gainesville is the new Monte Carlo. Don’t believe us? Just ask Florida guard Nick Calathes. From Yahoo:
Florida guard Nick Calathes ran up about $600 in debt playing poker online but did not bet on sporting events, which would have violated NCAA rules, according to a person close to the program. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of student confidentiality concerns, said the athletic department questioned Calathes and other Florida basketball players but found no evidence of wrongdoing. “We became aware of certain allegations over the weekend and immediately looked into it,” athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. “We reviewed everything very thoroughly and are satisfied with our results. We have no eligibility issues and are very comfortable that this issue is resolved based on our review.”
Calathes Talking to His Girlfriend?
Just a few questions, your honor. 1) how did Calathes run up the $600 debt – was it on his personal credit card? his parents? a roommate? 2) irrespective of that, how did these allegations come to light? who dropped dime on his activities and why? 3) and how can we be certain that Calathes never bet on sports of any kind? Inquiring minds want to know.
Of course, like Reggie Bush, OJ Mayo and countless other real scandals, we wouldn’t expect the NCAA to so much as ask any questions about this matter, much less investigate it. Florida is one of the biggest cash cows in Myles Brand’s stable, after all.
We do have one final question, though. Has this guy been spotted running around Gainesville lately? And since when did he grow from 5’9 to 6’3???