Rose: I didn’t do anything wrong

Let's hope Derrick's play in 2009-10 helps us forget about his turbulent summer...

Let's hope Derrick's play in 2009-10 helps us forget about his turbulent summer...

Speaking at a basketball camp at Joy of the Game in Deerfield, Derrick finally talked to the press about his Summer of Doom. Specifically, the allegations that somebody else took his college entrance exam and the picture that purportedly shows him flashing a gang sign.

Here’s what he had to say. Regarding the allegations of academic fraud: “That didn’t bother me at all, I know I didn’t do anything wrong. That was up to Memphis what they had to do. Coach [John Calipari] told me, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ I definitely wasn’t worried about it. I was still working out, so I just let [the scandal] pass.”

As for the supposed gang sign picture: “I couldn’t even remember the whole [NCAA] championship game, so I know I couldn’t remember that night, but I just got passed it. [I] talked to my mom, [she] told me just don’t worry about it, and I’m just looking forward to the future.”

Derrick also weighed in on the loss of Ben Gordon: “I guess they’re looking into the future. Ben is a great player, one of the best scorers I’ve ever played with, a great guy. He had to make a business move going to Detroit. I’m gonna miss him a lot. He took a lot of pressure off me last year, but we’ll have to see this year.”

For the most part, I’m fine with Derrick’s “answers” to these controversies, even if he didn’t really say much of anything. However…stating flat out that he didn’t do anything wrong could come back on him pretty hard if the investigation turns up any actual wrongdoing. I hope for his sake that what he’s saying is true.

10 Responses to Rose: I didn’t do anything wrong

    rocky August 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    Your an idiot. You know how hard it is for a regular person to cheat on an SAT test. Their monitored by teachers and for Derrick Rose who was a highly touted recruit to do it would be near impossible, especially in chicago. Every school in chicago knew who derrick rose was and knew his face while he was in high school. People are always thinking the worst.

    mike killer August 8, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    I agree, people should let these stupid rumors good! I know that D-Rose is a good guy.

    mike killer August 8, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    I agree people should let these stupid rumors go! I know that D-Rose is a good guy.*

    felipe garcia August 8, 2009 at 12:11 am #

    Plus it not like D-Rose is the 1st one with gang issue problems or what ever you want to call it.

    felipe garcia August 8, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    Lots of young players in the NBA face those types of stupid issues from the express over exaggerating their stories.

    andres Lopez August 8, 2009 at 4:19 am #


    Boppinbob August 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    If I am a 17-18 year old high School basketball phenom and the NBA tells me I can not play there yet I am going to find somewhere to play. I do not want to go to Europe if I can avoid it. Some college coach says to come play for him for 1 year. He says he will take care of making sure I can play. I do it. I might have some ethical questions about my activities but for the most part the burden is on the coach and school. As far as the gang sign photo…so what. Did D. Rose learn from it? I hope so, only time will tell.

    joe August 10, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    rose is the best nba player and i hope he will be the mvp

  9. JJN August 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    fo sho D-Rose is a good guy i been knowing him ever since he was in high school….
    all this shit doesnt mean and meant nothing!

  10. Dan August 16, 2009 at 2:19 am #

    I agree with JJn and many of you guys 100 percent….ive followed him since Simeon and would never expect this from him.

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