LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) After two days of coverage of his speeding and reckless driving citation, University of Louisville junior Kevin Ware finally got his chance to address the situation after the #3 Cards 87-48 win over Hartford at the KFC Yum! Center.
The first thing he wanted to do was apologize to his friend whose car he was driving when he was pulled over. "Can't really say much else, I was doing 90 in a 55. It was really me being a bad friend and his car, and putting his car and myself in danger like I did, but I just made a mistake." When asked what did he expected, Ware replied "I get fined, I pay the ticket, I go to speed school like normal people would," said Ware. The UofL guard, who became a celebrity after gruesomely breaking his leg during the Regional Final during last year's NCAA Tournament, says this story became such a big deal because of his new found fame. "I feel like it's stupid. Treat me like a normal person. I made a mistake, it doesn't have to be blown up like it is," said Ware.
Still, with compliance questions swirling around the incident, many thought UofL head coach Rick Pitino may consider benching Ware. He says he never gave it a thought. "Listen, I've benched a lot of players in my time, not for a speeding ticket. He shouldn't have been speeding. I told him he took a friends generosity in loaning his car, and you weren't a very good friend," said Pitino.
Both Pitino and Ware were annoyed by how big the story has grown, with both men dropping not so subtle hints to how the details of the incident were leaked out to the public. "I know why it was a compliance issue. It's not Louisville people saying things," said Pitino. "If I wasn't Kevin Ware this situation wouldn't be blowing up. Matt Jones (radio personality) is a funny guy, and that's all I'm going to say about that," said Ware.
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