Scott posted a comment on the post below about this, so I’m going to address it. The last time we tried to address a rumor about A.J. Ratliff we were criticized by another media outlet for doing so. But I think we did the right thing that time — we acknowledged the rumor and then dispelled it by reporting about it — and so I’ll do the same thing this time. In this new media age, chatter of this sort spreads far more quickly than it once did. I think any newspaper or media source that believes it dictates public discourse the way it did even five years ago is incredibly naive. We do more of a public service by sorting out fact from fiction.
The newest rumor circulating about Ratliff — and I’ve heard it multiple places — is that he has been kicked off the basketball team. As Scott pointed out in his comment, Ratliff was apparently not on the bench Saturday night (I say apparently because I didn’t think to specifically look for him, but I don’t remember seeing him and I’ve looked at pictures of the bench and he’s not there). He was with the team during the first exhibition game, though not in uniform.
We haven’t been able to get a confirmation or denial on this from our sources.
I would guess that we will find out the truth on Monday.