Breaking: Spillman Suspended Indefinitely from Cardinals

Following up on a story Page One broke in August…

The University of Louisville wide receiver JaJuan Spillman has been indefinitely suspended from the Cardinals football team.

Rumors abound. Is this a result of his accident in January? Who knows?

Developing.

UPDATE @ 6:00

UofL’s Coach Steve Kragthorpe is keeping his lips zipped tightly. Here’s part of the Courier-Journal’s update:

Kragthorpe wouldn’t say whether those charges were related to this suspension but did talk about how hard it is to discipline players. He has dismissed at least four players since the end of spring practice.

“You have to look at the situation from an objective standpoint and not an emotional standpoint,” he said. “And you also have to look at the timeline and look at all the different things that have transpired.

“The easy decision is to just let a guy go right away. The hard decision is when you have to continually look at things and try to continually help a young man and you basically come to the end of the rope where you say, ‘We can’t do this anymore.’”

Sounds like Spillman has been a problem-and-a-half or hasn’t been living up to his end of the deal.

P.S. Many rumors floating around about Spillman possibly having been in the vehicle with Willie Williams at the time of his arrest. If that’s true? OH SNAP.

Fletcher Administration Hemmoraging with Ignorance?

Ernie Fletcher’s dying administration and reelection campaign has completely lost it. Lost. It.

They’ve filed an anonymous complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission against Attorney General Greg Stumbo alleging violations of the ethics code in the investigation of Fletcher’s hiring practices.

The complaint allegedy compares AG Stumbo to Mike Nifong (former NC prosecutor of Duke Lacrosse case fame), something Ernie Fletcher himself did during Kentucky Tonight on September 17.

What the complaint probably doesn’t mention is that Fletcher admitted the investigation was proper and necessary last year.

An anonymous complaint. Way to go. Way to be forthcoming. Does anyone really think this will help Fletcher get the vote?

What Wendell Berry Thinks is Important?

We don’t consider ourselves fans of gambling either but does anyone really care what Wendell Berry thinks about Kentucky politics? The man practically admitted during the primary to being a single-issue voter– said he supported Miller because of his stance against mountaintop removal. (Where’s Miller on this issue now, anyway?)

Berry, 73, told the newspaper in an interview at his Henry County home, that he still felt political dismay, but planned on voting for Democratic candidates in the Nov. 6 election.

That’s news?

The Meaningful Collateral

May be uncharacteristic of a few journo-politicos to love sports. But we have a confession to make: they’re what we secretly live for. Pigeon poop, mary jane eating, being a MAN!, being 40! and all.

If you love sports like we do? Check out The Meaningful Collateral. It’s a great new sports blog with maybe the funniest podcasts in existence. The site is run by professionals but they don’t take themselves too seriously.

Give them a visit for all your sports-related kicks. We have a feeling you’ll enjoy it.

Monday: 36 days til the ads stop

Unlikely pair? Kentucky should pay attention. The Herald-Leader delves into the business partnership of Bruce Lunsford and Ed Hart and their movie making successes. From the Sundance Film Festival to Kentucky, these guys are creating an empire. Politics aside? We should be proud. These guys smell an opportunity to change perceptions of the Bluegrass state. [H-L]

Oh man, the differences. Lee is a radical in every sense of the word and Conway is a reasonable man who actually believes in the law. Not surprising only 60 people showed up to their forum. Attorney General? What’s that? [KY Post]

Singing the praises, calling a spade a spade. Talking Points Memo notices Ernie’s latest commercial and sings the praises of Alessi for pointing out the ad’s distortions and inaccuracies. [TPM]

Controversial Micro-City Government rears its ugly head again in Lexington. This time with the sale of its property without documentation of proceeds or anything else required of non-profits. Ron Berry, founder of the organization, was convicted on 12 counts of third-degree sodomy (of participants in the organization’s youth programs) in 2000. [H-L]

Five Days of Non-Answers. CNHI started its five-day series of citizen questions with Steve Beshear and Ernie Fletcher. Looks like a worthy mix of questioners and may be worth checking out. [Daily Independent]

Still not talking about the senate? Owsley Brown II was profiled and only discussed philanthropy. No mention of senate hopes at all. But with more than $600 million in stocks alone– who’d need to raise cash? We hope he stays out of the race so he can focus his attention full-time on worthy causes around the Commonwealth. [C-J]

CATS testing scores ‘hard to explain’? Hello, understatement. Not only have we slipped into a backward mindset of teaching only toward a test, we’ve now made it impossible to understand what the heck those test results mean. Yay educational failures! [H-L]

Do they always have to do this? Appalachian Regional Healthcare is once again suffering from a massive strike of nurses. When will this hospital group learn to negotiate? Public perception matters, people. You’ll win in the court of public opinion. [H-L]

Iran So Far. This has absolutely nothing to do with Kentucky but is the funniest thing to happen in months. SNL’s Andy Samberg takes on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a funny digital short. Give it a watch and laugh your guts out. We can’t stop watching it. [SNL via YouTube]

Yeah, sometimes we read more than the C-J and H-L. Sometimes.