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#pounditMonday, October 25, 2021

Did Rick Pitino flip off Kentucky fans? (Video)

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Video emerged after Kentucky’s 75-73 victory over Louisville that purportedly shows Rick Pitino flipping off Kentucky fans.

Louisville tried to storm back from 16 points down on Saturday, but Kentucky held on to get the win. As Pitino was headed to the tunnel, someone yelled “one and done” to him, and he allegedly flipped the bird to Kentucky fans. Here’s the video, via Kentucky Sports Radio. You be the judge:

I find it impossible to tell, personally, even after zooming in on a screenshot of it. Naturally, Kentucky fans will swear that he did, while Louisville fans will swear this is nonsense. You can see why someone would suspect the bird, but you can’t actually see the bird – if anything, it looks like a fist.

What would this rivalry be without a little controversy?

UPDATE: Pitino denied flipping off the fans via a text message to ESPN.com, saying people were saying “ugly crude things” to him and he made a gesture emphasizing that we are number one. He did not speak with reporters after the loss.

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