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Wednesday / January 26.
  • Kentucky’s John Calipari urges everyone to wear KN95 masks for two weeks ‘so we can get through this’

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    In a new video, Kentucky coach John Calipari urges everyone to wear a KN95 mask for “two weeks” so we “can get through this” Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I don’t want to wear it…but for two weeks I’ve got to keep these kids safe,” he said. “They’ve got to mitigate, wear that mask…

    “I would suggest to all of you for the next two weeks, if you can get your hands on a KN95, switch out and wear this mask for two weeks so we can get by this.”

    Calipari added that “91 percent” of students, staff and faculty at Kentucky are vaccinated “without a mandate.”

    Asked about the video by reporters Friday, Calipari added: “I knew it would make people mad at me, but I’ve had a lot of people mad at me.”

    “It may make you mad,” he added. “It’s not political. Let’s stay safe.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.