Calipari on Fletcher: “We want Cam to succeed, but he’s got to change.”

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Calipari on Fletcher: “We want Cam to succeed, but he’s got to change.”

Freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher mutually agreed to leave the team temporarily, according to a tweet from UK Head Coach John Calipari yesterday. This move came just a few days after Kentucky lost to North Carolina 75-63, their fifth straight loss of the season, and Fletcher was caught by the camera crying and leaving the bench.

Calipari opened up about the move in his weekly radio show last night, saying he felt the need to publicize it yesterday before it became obvious on Saturday when UK plays at Louisville that Fletcher is not present.

“The only reason I even put anything out is it got back that some media members had it and I didn’t want it to come off any (certain) way, you know I’m transparent about this stuff,” he said. “With me, most stuff never is public, but this was going to be public because he wasn’t going to be on the bench. This is the best thing for him. It wasn’t one thing, it wasn’t one thing on the bench, this is a culmination of things where he needed to change and he wasn’t changing. This is what Cam needed.”

The goal of the freshman leaving temporarily is for him to get some time off and sort out priorities, according to the UK coach. If he is ready to rejoin on the team’s term, Calipari says he will be ready to accept him.

“We did this. My hope is, he’s going to be out, away from us a little bit and he rejoins us, but it’ll be not on his terms,” Calipari said. “His mom and I talked again tonight, great lady, and she knows, like “OK, he’s got to do this right.” And I think Cam will. … I do (think he’ll be back). Unless he’s not accepting what this is here. It holds everybody to a high standard.”

Safe to say, things are not bright and dandy in Lexington right now.

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