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John Calipari asks Cam’Ron Fletcher to step away from the team

“He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities in order.”

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Things continue to get worse for the 2020-21 Kentucky basketball team.

On Monday, head coach John Calipari announced that he’s asked freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher to step away from the team.

“We have asked Cam Fletcher to take some time and step away from the team,” Calipari said on Twitter. “He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities in order. Any attitude or actions that are detrimental to this team will not be tolerated – and that goes for everyone on the team.

“We have a culture here that’s been built over the last 11 years, AND IT WILL NOT CHANGE. Through good times and bad, this culture is meant to change individuals and change maturity levels. This hurts our team, but this is about Cam and his future.

“I talked to Cam and his mother and they know I care about him and I love him, but they also understand that there are changes that need to be made. It’s his job to decide whether he can perform within this culture both on and off the court.

This comes after Fletcher had an emotional outburst on the bench during Saturday’s loss to North Carolina. Fletcher later apologized for the incident on Twitter.

Hopefully, Fletcher is able to take some time off and get back in a better state of mind. This has been a very challenging year for everyone, and I’m sure it’s very draining on college athletes like Fletcher. At least this situation will allow him to travel back home and be with his family.