Heading into last night’s national championship game, regardless of the outcome, we knew that Kentucky fans would go insane. A win would have resulted in a celebratory riot, but unfortunately the loss led to a widespread meltdown throughout the streets of Lexington.
Police estimate around 5,000 people gathered after the game where there were 19 couch fires, several small trash fires, 31 arrests, and 23 injuries. The Lexington Fire Department also reports that a vacant house on State Street burned down and investigators determined it was intentionally set.
It gets worse. Not only did Kentucky fans respond to last night’s loss in terrorizing fashion, but they also disowned a Wildcat legend. Prior to the game, former Kentucky star Rex Chapman sent out a Tweet indicating that John Calipari to the Los Angeles Lakers as a “done deal.” Not only did Kentucky fans not want to believe Chapman’s news, they also didn’t appreciate the timing of the Tweet.
Clay Travis of Fox Sports compiled a list of Tweets sent to Chapman within 45-minutes of the game ending.
@Sarahbethusaky: @rexchapman trader
@wildcat83: @rexchapman “Hey Rex. If u had cancer? Would you tell your daughter on her wedding day?”
@kingjohnson1403: “Dumb bastard @rexchapman you think u know all .. Know your daughter is a whore”
@donniehoward2 : “@rexchapman Suck a fat baby’s cock Rex Chapman.”
@chrisgrichard: “@rexchapman I almost followed u, then I realized your incredibly selfish timing of that tweet was just for more followers. **unfollow**”
@dustin_walker22: “@rexchapman you ruined this night for #BBN. How could you do this right before the game? You’re an ass and no longer apart of #BBN in my eye”
@shooteruk: “@rexchapman played 666 games in his NBA career, coincedence number? I think not, you have traded on UK, drop his jersey from Rafters.”
@clrwinwyant: “@rexchapman You were a rock star when I was young. You are an asshat now. #betterasamemory”
@jcarpenter: ” @rexchapman Rex Chapman likes Obama”
@travisg: “@rexchapman Hey stupid, thx for the B.S. Buzz kill. Your now dead to me.”
@chelseaabner: “You’re a washed up old man. GET THE FUCK OUT. @rexchapman”
@willmenser: “Are you kidding @rexchapman ? Cal would give his life for this team! Did you really ever play for UK? Cause you don’t act like a supporter!”
Kentucky beat Louisville twice this season and put an end to one of the most memorable eras in the history of the program. They still have bragging rights. That said, last night’s events remind us all how much better it is to be on the Louisville side of the rivalry.